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Ancient mathematics. Sherlock Holmes in Babylon / R. Creighton Buck --
Words and pictures: new light on Plimpton 322 / Eleanor Robson --
Mathematics, 600 B.C.-600 A.D. / Max Dehn --
Diophantus of Alexandria / J.D. Swift --
Hypatia of Alexandria / A.W. Richeson --
Hypatia and her mathematics / Michael A.B. Deakin --
The evolution of mathematics in ancient China / Frank Swetz --
Liu Hui and the first golden age of Chinese mathematics / Philip D. Straffin, Jr. --
Number systems of the North American Indians / W.C. Eells --
The number system of the Mayas / A.W. Richeson --
Before the conquest / Marcia Ascher --
Medieval and renaissance mathematics. The discovery of the series formula for [pi] by Leibniz, Gregory and Nilakantha / Ranjan Roy --
Ideas of calculus in Islam and India / Victor J. Katz --
Was calculus invented in India? / David Bressoud --
An early iterative method for the determinationof sin 1° / Farhad Riahi. Leonardo of Pisa and his Liber Quadratorum / R.B. McClenon --
The algorists vs. the abacists: an ancient controversy on the use of calculators / Barbara E. Reynolds --
Sidelights on the Cardan-Tartaglia controversy / Martin A. Nordgaard --
Reading Bombelli's x-purgated algebra / Abraham Arcavi and Maxim Bruckheimer --
The first work on mathematics printed in the New World / David Eugene Smith --
The seventeenth century. An application of geography to mathematics: history of the integral of the secant / V. Frederick Rickey and Philip M. Tuchinsky --
Some historical notes on the cycloid / E.A. Whitman --
Descartes and the problem-solving / Judith Grabiner --
René Descartes' curve-drawing devices: experiments in the relations between mechanical motion and symbolic language / David Dennis --
Certain mathematical achievements of James Gregory / Max Dehn and E.D. Hellinger --
The changing concept of change: the derivative from Fermat to Weierstrass / Judith V. Grabiner. The crooked made straight: Roberval and Newton on tangents / Paul R. Wolfson --
On the discovery of the logarithmic series and its development in England up to Cotes / Josef Ehrenfried Hofmann --
Isaac Newton: man, myth and mathematics / V. Frederick Rickey --
Reading the master: Newton and the birth of celestial mechanics / Bruce Pourciau --
Newton as an originator of polar coordinates / C.B. Boyer --
Newton's method for resolving affected equations / Chris Christensen --
A contribution of Leibniz to the history of complex numbers / R.B. McClenon --
Functions of a curve: Leibniz's original notion of functions / David Dennis and Jere Confrey --
The eighteenth century. Brook Taylor and the mathematical theory of linear perspectives / P.S. Jones --
Was Newton's calculus a dead end? The continental influence of Maclaurin's treatise of fluxions / Judith Grabiner --
Discussion of fluxions: from Berkeley to Woodhouse / Florian Cajori. The Bernoullis and the harmonic series / William Dunham --
Leonhard Euler 1707-1783 / J.J. Burckhardt --
The number e / J.L. Coolidge --
Euler's vision of a general partial differential calculus for a generalized kind of function / Jesper Lützen --
Euler and the fundamental theorem of algebra / William Dunham --
Euler and differentials / Anthony P. Ferzola --
Euler and quadratic reciprocity / Harold M. Edwards.

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