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A century of mathematics: Through the eyes of the Monthly by John Ewing

By John Ewing

This can be the tale of yankee arithmetic up to now century. It includes articles and excerpts from a century of the yankee Mathematical per thirty days, giving the reader a chance to skim all 100 volumes of this well known arithmetic journal with no truly establishing them. It samples arithmetic 12 months by means of yr and decade via decade. The reader can glimpse the mathematical neighborhood on the flip of the century, the debate approximately Einstein and relativity, the debates approximately formalism in common sense, the immigration of mathematicians from Europe, and the frantic attempt to arrange because the warfare begun. more moderen articles take care of the arrival of pcs and the alterations they introduced, and with many of the triumphs of recent examine.

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Hot with sanctimonious rage, the adelantado’s soldiers started stabbing and slashing at every man in nightclothes. “They made a pretty butchery of it,” claimed one French eyewitness who escaped the melee. At least forty others managed to flee, as well, while a slightly larger number A nineteenth-century hand-colored woodcut depicts Pedro Menéndez de Avilés breaking ground for the Spanish settlement of St. Augustine. Overleaf: A nineteenth-century engraving of Fort Caroline, the French Huguenot stronghold in Florida.

Insects careened and buzzed in the humidity, lending an almost claustrophobic atmosphere to the woods around him. It was going to be a long and unpleasant day. Wiping his brow with a gauntleted hand, he cursed the heat, then checked himself, and quietly thanked God for the good fortune they’d had so far. Early that morning, outside the Niantic village, some five hundred Narragansett Indians had caught up with Mason’s column, having decided to join the fight after all. Gathering themselves up in a great circle, they each stepped forward and proclaimed their ferocity and devotion.

A TENUOUS BRIDGEHEAD Between the deaths at Fort Caroline and the liquidations at Matanzas Inlet, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés took somewhere between 280 and 450 lives in the course of his 1565 Florida enterprise. Bathed in the blood of religious strife and imperial ambitions, the birth of St. Augustine would mark the commencement of two centuries of Spanish rule in Floridaand more than four and a half centuries of white settlement in North America. He could not have known it at the time, but the adelantado’s modest little foothold—a roughhewn collection of ditches and embankments in a waterlogged wilderness—would become the first permanent settlement by Europeans on the continent.

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