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[Translation of title: Algebra in the Time of Babylon. When Mathematics Were Written on Clay.] A thorough review of Jens Hoyrup's revision, expansion, and French translation of his own 1998 book for Danish high-school students.

This book explores the history of mathematics from the perspective of the creative tension between common sense and the "impossible" as the author follows the discovery or invention of new concepts that have marked mathematical progress.


The Tree of Proportions and Proportionality from the De Divina Proportione of Luca Pacioli published in 1509.
A study of some elements of Greek geometry, as part of a course for liberal arts undergraduates on basic concepts of the calculus.
There are a number of wonderful mathematics websites that readers of Convergence should be aware of. We describe some of them here.
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Two posters illustrating the major milestones in the history of mathematics, from the first ideas of "number" to the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem.

Our reviewer praises the selection of excerpts, the use of facsimiles rather than transcriptions, and the commentary and English translation in this collection.

Curve sketching, tangent lines, and optimization, explored via interactive applets

This is the title page of the Treatise of Algebra (1685), by John Wallis. This is probably the first attempt at a history of the subject of algebra, presented in the context of a text on the subject. Among the most famous parts of this treatise is Wallis's discussion of the work of Thomas Harriot, especially his contention that Rene Descartes plagiarized Harriot's symbolization procedure in algebra.

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