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11:53am on Monday, 29th August, 2005:

## They Don't Teach it Like they Used to

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*The Independent on Sunday* had an article about a mathematical text book in English from 1536 that was recently purchased for the nation. It included the following "old poser":

`The rule and questyon of a catte.`

`There is a catte at the fote of a tre the length of 300 fote / this catte goeth upwarde eche daye 17 fote, and descendeth eche nyght 12 fote. I demaunde in how longe tyme shall she be at ye toppe.`

`Answere Take vp and abate the nyght of the daye / that is 12 of 17, and there remayneth 5, therfore the catte mounteth eche daye 5 fote / deuyde now 300 by 5 & therof cometh 60, dayes then she shal be at the toppe.`

No, mathematical text book in English from 1536, it would *not* take 60 dayes for the catte to get to the top of the tre. Try 58 dayes.

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