history of maths

third century wisdom of Diophantus gives us the essential truth about teaching and learning mathematics

The Google facsimile of the 1621 edition of Diophantus’s Arithmetica lays out, in original Greek and Latin translation, the essentials for success in teaching and learning mathematics.  Also included is the translation of the second half by Heath. When I first studied and learned to love mathematics I was beset by friends and family who stridently claimed that …

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Conic sections in the sand give shipwrecked philosophers good hope

  Conic sections in the sand give shipwrecked Socratic philosopher, Aristippus, good hope. I wonder if this ancient tale, in which the mathematics of planetary motion some 2000 years prior to it’s application in space travel, is used to signify the presence of intelligent life and therefore hope of salvation has some echo in our …

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