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Problems from Another Time

Individual problems from throughout mathematics history, as well as articles that include problem sets for students.

A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
In a given square, inscribe 4 equal circles so that...
There is a mound of earth in the shape of a frustum of a cone.
An erect pole of 10 cubits has its base moved 6 cubits. Determine the new height and the distance the top of the pole is lowered.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
Determine the dimensions for a right-angled triangle, having been given the hypotenuse, and the side of the inscribed square.
A gentleman has a garden of rectangular form and wants to construct a walk of equal width half way round to take up half the garden. What must be the width of this walk?
Three equal circumferences with radii 6" are tangent to each other. Compute the area enclosed between them.
A boy gives 11 coins of equal denomination to a man, and the man finds that their total value in yen is 4 less than his age.

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