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On the run

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A certain slave fled fromMilan to Naples going 1/10 of the whole journey each day.  At the beginning of the third day, his master sent a slave after him and this slave went 1/7 of the whole journey each day.  I do not know how far it is from Milan to Naples , but I wish to know when the latter overtook him. (Cardano, Practica arithmetica, 1539)

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"On the run," Loci (February 2006)

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