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A history of algebra from its early beginnings to the twentieth century.
A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.

The authors provide an analysis and English translation of the argument by a little known French mathematician that calculus should be based on series rather than on infinitesimals.

The cost per hour of running a certain steamboat is proportional to the cube of its velocity in still water. At what speed should it be run to make a trip up stream against a four-mile current most economically?
There is a tree with 100 branches. How many nests, eggs and birds are there?
Two wine merchants enter Paris, one of them with 64 casks of wine, the other with 20.
If 12 cattle eat up 3 1/3 acres of meadow in 4 weeks and 21 cattle eat up 10 acres of exactly similar meadow in 9 weeks, how many cattle shall eat up 36 acres in 18 weeks? (Hint: The grass continues to grow.)
Two excellent volumes on Euler in honor of his three hundredth birthday
A person has a circular yard that is 150 ft. in diameter, and wishes a walk of equal width made round it within the fence...
A certain merchant increases the value of his estate by 1/3...

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