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Mathematical Treasure: Mydorge's Recreational Mathematics

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Claude Mydorge (1585–1647) was born in Paris and trained as a lawyer. But as a young man, he also studied geometry and optics and his interests turned to mathematics, particularly geometry. Mathematical recreations in the form of problem solving were popular in France during Mydorge’s time and he became involved in the movement. His collection of proposed problems, Examen du livre des récréations mathématiques ... (1639), had a large appeal and became the model for similar books.

                                                Mydorge's 1639 Recreational Mathematics

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Mydorge's Recreational Mathematics," Convergence (March 2018)