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In a certain lake, swarming with red geese, the tip of a lotus bud was seen to extend a span above the surface of the water.

A square walled city measures 10 li on each side. At the center of each side is a gate. Two persons start walking from the center of the city.

Given a right triangle where you know the length of the base and the sum of the perpendicular side and the hypotenuse...

A method for extracting square roots used in Italy through the 18th century was introduced in a manuscript by the 12th century mathematician al-Hassar.

A survey of concepts of infinite sets over the centuries.

A merchant bought 50,000 pounds of pepper in Portugal for 10,000 scudi and paid a tax of 500 scudi.

Given a guest on horseback rides 300 li in a day. The guest leaves his clothes behind. The host discovers them after 1/3 day, and he starts out with the clothes.

An official asks a woman why she has so many bowls to wash. The woman explains that she had dinner guests who ate meat, rice, and soup. Judging by the number of bowls, how many guests were there?

This resource consists of a series of 61 worksheets, each focused on a particular problem and related to a particular historical mathematical personality.
The Joint Mathematics Meetings are being held in New Orleans, LA from January 5-8, 2007.