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The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
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.
In the figure at the left, if the radii of each inscribed circle is 1, what are the dimensions of the bounding rectangle?
A new collection of original source materials in the mathematics of five civilizations.

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.

A seminar of faculty from colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area, meeting monthly at Villanova University.
We sadly announce the untimely death of one of Convergence's editorial board members.
A man died leaving 3 sons, to whom he bequeathed his estate in the following manner: to the eldest he gave 184 dollars; to the second 155 dollars and to the third 96 dollars;

[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.

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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