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The quadrennial meeting of the International Study Group on the Relations between History and Pedagogy of Mathematics will be in Mexico City, July 14-18, 2008.
We sadly announce the untimely death of one of Convergence's editorial board members.
A translation of one of the seminal papers in the field of elliptic integrals, but one that can be read by an undergraduate.
A man died leaving 3 sons, to whom he bequeathed his estate in the following manner: to the eldest he gave 184 dollars; to the second 155 dollars and to the third 96 dollars;
Historical Problems can be used to enliven any mathematics class. Here are some examples from medieval times, from a 19th century American textbook, and from a 19th century Armenian textbook, among other sources.
Greek ladders for approximating square roots may be more ancient than the ancient Greeks. Students at any level can appreciate their beauty and simplicity. Those who have studied calculus can compare them with Newton's Method for approximating roots.
I have two fields of grain. From the first field I harvest 2/3 a bushel of grain/unit area; from the second, 1/2 bushel/unit area.
The symposium this year will discuss Gauss's Disquisitiones Arithmeticae.
Find two numbers such that multiplying one by the other makes 8 and the sum of their squares is 27.
A certain man had in his trade four weights with which he could weigh integral pounds from one up to 40. How many pounds was each weight?