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Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press
"In Archimedes' Puzzle, a New Eureka Moment," by Gina Kolata. New York Times, 14 December 2003.
"Problem Solved." Random Samples, edited by Adrian Cho. Science, 5 December 2003, page 1655.
Both articles deal with a solution to a problem posed by Archimedes: How many ways are there to arrange a given set of 14 triangles and quadrilaterals into a square? Kolata writes that through the years the problem was mistranslated so that until recently the combinatorics involved in the problem was not appreciated.
--- Mike Breen