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A summary of the history of the problem of finding the region of greatest area bounded by a given perimeter. This essay was a winner of the HOM SIGMAA student essay contest in 2006.
The first detailed biography of James Joseph Sylvester.
A sourcebook of original materials in the history of mathematics from ancient times to the early twentieth century.
There is a fish whose body weighs 8oz. Tell me how much the whole fish weighs?
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?
In this fascinating and accessible book, the author devotes one lively, informative page of description and one striking, full-page illustration to each of 250 milestones in mathematics.
Two officers each have a company of men, the one has 40 less than the other.
A study of Mullikan's Nautilus, using movies to illustrate the important ideas
Given a pendulum as shown. The height of the pendulum is two units and its horizontal width is 2 units. What is the area of the pendulum?
An old Chinese general led his army to a river with a steep bank. Standing atop the bank, he held a stick 6 feet long perpendicular to himself.