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

The story of the negative numbers
A collection of articles from the American Mathematical Monthly by experts on the evolution of various fields of mathematics.
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.
The history of the Poincare conjecture up to its recent proof by Grigori Perelman.
There is a log of precious wood 18 feet long whose bases are 5 feet and 2.5 feet in circumference. Into what lengths should the log be cut to trisect its volume?
This unique and beautiful book features the biographies of twenty-two notable female mathematicians and scientists, showing how their determination, creativity, and intellectual passion helped them excel in their fields.
Some ideas on using student reports when you teach a course in the history of mathematics
The story of Gerbert, who became Pope Sylvester II in 999, and his mathematics.
The work of the great Renaissance artist/scientist Leonardo da Vinci can be taught in secondary schools through an integrated approach of several disciplines. This article explores the approach of the Ross School.

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