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In this article which won the 2005 prize of HOMSIGMAA, the author discusses Eratosthenes' argument to determine the size of the earth as well as possibilities for the size which Eratosthenes found (in modern measures).
A discussion of the meaning of mathematical unsolvability in the context of the history of Abel's proof of the unsolvability of the quintic equation in terms of radicals.

[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.

A translation of and commentary on Frans van Schooten's work on constructions using only a straightedge. Van Schooten's postulates for use of the straightedge, however, allow the copying of one line segment onto another.

The Tree of Proportions and Proportionality from the De Divina Proportione of Luca Pacioli published in 1509.
Find two numbers such that multiplying one by the other makes 8 and the sum of their squares is 27.
This work discusses the people who solved some of Hilbert's problems from 1900, as well as the mathematics involved in the solutions.
A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.
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?
Find the two numbers such that multiplying one by the other makes 8 and the sum of their squares is 27

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