You are here

Convergence articles

Displaying 581 - 590 of 661

A wonderful book about the square root of 2, beginning with the search for the side of a square double a given square.
A history of the various algebraic structures that came together to give us "abstract algebra" by early in the twentieth century.
The number 50 is divided by a certain number. If the divisor is increased by 3, the quotient decreases by 3.75. What is the number?
A man entered an orchard through 7 gates, and there took a certain number of apples. When he left the orchard, he gave the first guard half the apples he had and 1 apple more.
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).
There is a mound of earth in the shape of a frustum of a cone.

Problems from a 15th century French manuscript, including one with negative solutions

This is page 167 from the Exercitationes mathematicae (1657) of Frans van Schooten (1615-1660). This book contained a collection of mathematical construction problems, among much else. It was one of the books read by Isaac Newton while he was a student at Cambridge University and helped to introduce him to modern mathematics. On this page we see a construction enabling one to find the distance across a river.
Now there are 100 deers [being distributed] in a city. If one household has one deer there is a remainder...Find the number of households in the city.
A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.

Pages

Dummy View - NOT TO BE DELETED