Ye Olde Mathematics Texts
Last week, I recommended browses of an old text from 1886, P. Hamson's The Romance of Mathematics: Being the Original Researches of a Lady Professor of Girtham College. Free on-line, it provided an overview of an interesting application of the conic sections to politics.
Most of these old mathematics books are, at best, great sources of problems, showing how things in math education both change and don't change. But, you need to do considerable browsing to find the problems you feel are special....and are sharable.
Some samples of other free-on-line texts are:
Many of these same texts have been reprinted recently and are available as "new"...but it is difficult to beat the price of FREE on-line! If you know of other texts, please let me know so I can pass them on...
- Richard Proctor's First Step in Geometry: A Series of Hints for the Solution of Geometrical Problems with Notes on Euclid, Useful Working Propositions and Many Examples (1887)
- George Myers' First-Year Mathematics (1907)
- George Myers' Teacher's Manual for First-Year Mathematics (1911)...be aware that this is a manual to accompany a text; its best features are its teaching suggestions...some should ring true even today, and others reflect a focus on skills sans technology
- George Myers' Second-Year Mathematics for Secondary Schools
- Enoch Lewis' The Practical Analyst: or, A Treatise on Algebra (1826)...I learned some algebra from this one...techniques lost now regained!
- Frederick Woods' Higher Geometry: An Introduction to Advanced Methods in Analytic Geometry (1922)...Note: Focus is college-level geometry, involving interesting ideas such as coordinate systems (point, line, trilinear, tetracyclical, pentaspherical, Plucker), plus concepts in projective geometry, plus 4th/n dimensional worlds
- Henry Angel's Practical Plane Geometry and Projection (1880)...tons of interesting construction problems