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Oldest Mathematical Puzzle

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The oldest mathematical puzzle dates from 1650 B.C. This is an English version:

As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife has seven sacks, every sack had seven cats. Every cat has seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks and wives, how many were going to St. Ives?

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