History of Multiplication
Date: 4/18/96 at 2:9:46 From: Anonymous Subject: Russian Peasant algorithm My 7th grade math students are studying multiplication and solving simple algebraic equations such as 3x = 12. I thought it would be interesting if they found how other cultures did multiplication in earlier time periods. They were to research a given culture and time period and learn how to multiply 367 x 94. I know how to explain this to them, but we are having trouble finding past history for them to look at so they can give a brief history of this algorithm. Can you help?
Date: 4/20/96 at 19:13:42 From: Doctor Ken Subject: Re: Russian Peasant algorithm Hello! I know of two good sources for mathematics from different cultures. The first is called "The Crest of the Peacock," by George Gheverghese Joseph, which is a book about the Non-European roots of mathematics. The second is a more extensive treatment of mathematical history, called "Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times," by Morris Kline. Hope this helps! -Doctor Ken, The Math Forum
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