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A math history class visits the 'Beautiful Science' exhibit at the Huntington Library in Southern California.

Find the greatest value of y in the equation a4 x2= (x2 + y2)3.
The edge of a cloud is at an altitude of 20 degrees and the sun above it at 35 degrees. The shadow cast by the edge of the cloud fall on a object 2300 yards away, how high is the cloud?
There is a garden is the shape of a rhombus whose side is 768.52 feet. Within the garden is an inscribed square flower bed whose side is 396 feet. What is the area of the garden?
Suppose that for every 4 cows a farmer has, he should plow 1 acre of land, and allow 1 acre of pasture for every 3 cows; how many cows could he keep on 140 acres?
A study of some elements of Greek geometry, as part of a course for liberal arts undergraduates on basic concepts of the calculus.
A new history of Greek mathematics, taking into account the latest research.
There are a number of wonderful mathematics websites that readers of Convergence should be aware of. We describe some of them here.
The author presents five modules based on mathematics from medieval Islamic cultures for use in a variety of high school and college mathematics courses.
A survey of the use of technology in American mathematics teaching over the past 200 years.

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