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Page 9, Images from Paul Halmos Photograph Collection: Burkholder, Butzer, Calderon, Chern, et al
The Arithmetic of Boethius (480-524) dates from the early sixth century. This page is from a mansucript (Plimpton MS 165) that dates from approximately 1294, written on vellum.
A leech invited a slug for a lunch a leuca away.
A man and his wife drink a barrel of wine at different rates. Find the rate it takes both of them together to drink the wine.
There are four companies, in one of which there are 6 men, in another 8, and in each of the remaining two, 9 men. How many ways can a committee of 4 men be composed by choosing one man from each company?
In Archimedes' Book of Lemmas (ca 250), he introduces a figure that, due to its shape, has historically been known as "the shoemaker's knife" or arbelos.
There is a tree with 100 branches. How many nests, eggs and birds are there?
If 12 cattle eat up 3 1/3 acres of meadow in 4 weeks and 21 cattle eat up 10 acres of exactly similar meadow in 9 weeks, how many cattle shall eat up 36 acres in 18 weeks? (Hint: The grass continues to grow.)
The most popular and authoritative arithmetic book in late 17th and 18th century England, it stayed in print for 100 years.
A new history of mathematics in ancient Mesopotamia, concentrating on its social aspects.