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A section of a much larger website, dealing with some random topics in the history of mathematics.

Having been given the lengths, a and b, of two straight lines drawn from the acute angles of a right triangle to the middle of the opposite sides, determine the lengths of those sides.

Explain the geometric basis of "completing the square," the original method of solving quadratic equations, to your students.

The author uses her poem, 'The Enigmatic Number e,' to show how poetry about the history of mathematics can be used to enrich and enliven mathematics instruction.

A collection of short lectures by Howard Eves giving details on 20 important happenings in the history of mathematics before 1650.
Three men have a pile of money, their shares being 1/2, 1/3 and 1/6. Each man takes some money from the pile until nothing is left.
A book delving into the working of the mathematical mind.
In the middle of the 18th century, King Frederick the Great of Prussia became interested in creating a lottery to raise money. As was his custom when mathematical matters were involved, he called upon Leonhard Euler for counsel.
The annual meeting of the NCTM always contains sessions dealing with the history of mathematics and its use in teaching.
A wonderful book about the square root of 2, beginning with the search for the side of a square double a given square.

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