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Why did the ancient Greeks originally become interested in conic sections?

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What sorts of calculations called for the invention of logarithm tables?

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Books on the history of linear algebra

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What data did Kepler work out his laws from?

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Was 18th century algebra more symbolic/formal than the modern conception?

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Why were 18th century mathematicians interested in extending the factorial to non-integers?

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What group theoretic results were known for several special cases before the general definition of a group was established?

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What does Lagrange mean in this passage from Reflexions sur la résolution?

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Was the "polynomial remainder theorem" known before polynomial long division was discovered?

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What motivated Gauss' quadratic sums?

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What were the initial applications of finite fields?

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How and where was the notion of a primitive root formulated before Gauss?

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Contemporary reactions to the rise of axiomatization in the 19th/20th centuries

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Was the convolution product invented or discovered?

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What events does the note at the beginning of Dialogue Concerning Two Systems refer to?

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Where does the formula $(1+\frac r n)^n$ for compound interest come from?

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How were the phenomena relating to symmetric polynomials discovered?

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Is there a translation of Gauss' work on Gaussian integers?

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What is the earliest result saying that the limit of $x_{n+1}=f(x_n)$ must be a fixed point of $f$?

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Why did Kronecker develop the "adjoining a root" construction?