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A collection of articles in the history of mathematics that appeared in journals of the Mathematical Association of America over the past 90 years.

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.
Prove geometrically that the hypocycloid is a straight line when the radius of the rolling circle is one-half the radius of the fixed circle.
The MAA's annual summer Mathfest will take place in Knoxville, TN from August 10-12, 2006.
A superb collection of articles by experts on various areas of the history of analysis, from the Greeks to modern times.
Given the frustum of a circular cone with height h.
There is a regular pentagon. The length of its side is a. Find the area of the pentagon. Generalize your result for a nonagon.
Where does pi come from? Why should we be interested in negative numbers, or square roots of negative numbers? How did people ever figure out the quadratic formula? A truly wonderful reference for teachers at all levels.

A bibliographical reference to mathematics books printed in the new world before 1700.