Book:Henry van Etten/Mathematicall Recreations

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Henry van Etten: Mathematicall Recreations

Published $\text {1633}$ (translated by William Oughtred).
In English:

Mathematical Recreations

Subject Matter

  • Some of the first conjuring tricks, including The Inexhaustible Barrel.
  • Mechanical puzzles, experiments in optics and hydrostatics, the manufacturing of fireworks, and other questions of basic physics


  • How to keep wine fresh without ice or snow in the middle of summer
  • How to break a staff in one blow when it is balanced on $2$ glasses of water (attributed to Aristotle)

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