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This is the title page of the 1599 edition of the Rechenbuch of Simon Jacob (d. 1564), a Rechenmeister of the sixteenth century. This was a commercial arithmetic text, in which the basic laws of arithmetic were applied to many practical problems.

Find the height of a window.

Three circles of varying radius are mutually tangent. The area of the triangle connecting their centers is given. Find the radius of the third circle.

Find the area of the elliptical segment cut off parallel to the shorter axis;

Two posters illustrating the major milestones in the history of mathematics, from the first ideas of "number" to the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem.

A history of the concept of zero from as far back as the Babylonian period, with philosophical excursions into the meaning of "nothing".

A certain bishop ordered that 12 loaves be divided among his clergy.

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?

NCTM Meeting in Philadelphia