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Boyer's classic text, as revised by Uta Merzbach, is still worth having.
A man has four creditors. To the first he owes 624 ducats; to the second, 546; to the third, 492; and to the fourth 368.
This is the title page of the 1640 printing of Galileo's Operation of the Geometrical and Military Compass, originally published privately in 1606. Galileo had invented a version of this geometrical compass a few years earlier and evidently gave copies of this manual to those who bought the compass. The compass had many uses, from performing square root calculations to determining ranges of cannons to solving surveying problems.
There is a fish whose body weighs 8oz. Tell me how much the whole fish weighs?
A rifle ball is fired through a three-inch plank, the resistance of which causes an unknown constant retardation of its velocity.
Relationships between Architecture and Mathematics
Given a triangular piece of land having two sides 10 yards in length and its base 12 yards, what is the largest square that can be constructed within this piece of land so that one of its sides lies along the base of the triangle?
An oblong garden is a half yard longer than it is wide and consists entirely of a gravel walk...
The MAA's annual summer Mathfest will take place in Knoxville, TN from August 10-12, 2006.

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