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A collection of articles in the history of mathematics that appeared in journals of the Mathematical Association of America over the past 90 years.

A general mathematics website with much information on the history of mathematics.

Of a collection of mango fruits, the king took 1/6; the queen 1/5 the remainder, and the three princes took 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 (of the same remainder); and the youngest child took the remaining 3 mangoes.

An English translation of Eratosthenes' Geography, which includes "On the Measurement of the Earth."

Simpson's methods for finding maxima and minima are explored by using examples from his "Doctrine and Application of Fluxions." Many of his techniques could be used in today's classroom.

Photo of Plimpton 322, an old Babylonian Tablet, from the Plimpton Collection at the Columbia University Library. Part of the Mathematical Treasures section of Loci: Convergence.
A superb collection of articles by experts on various areas of the history of analysis, from the Greeks to modern times.

A new collection of original source materials in the mathematics of five civilizations.

Where does pi come from? Why should we be interested in negative numbers, or square roots of negative numbers? How did people ever figure out the quadratic formula? A truly wonderful reference for teachers at all levels.
A seminar of faculty from colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area, meeting monthly at Villanova University.