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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Extraordinary Sums of Leonhard Euler.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which mathematician was first to take the challenge to solve cubic equations?
(a) Scipione del Ferro.
(b) Niccolo Fontana.
(c) Luca Pacioli.
(d) Tartaglia.

2. Where did Euler study at the age of 20?
(a) Cambrigde.
(b) Oxford.
(c) University of Moscow.
(d) The Academy in St. Petersburg.

3. In general, what did Euclid's number theory describe?
(a) The relationship of decimals to integers.
(b) The nature of measuring geometry.
(c) The nature of whole numbers.
(d) The relationship of fractions to decimals.

4. What did Euler's sum surprisingly connect?
(a) The area under a curve.
(b) The area of squares and the area of circles.
(c) The circumference of a circle and right triangles.
(d) The squares of area and square roots.

5. What was Euclid's definition of a prime number?
(a) Numbers which can only be divided by themselves and 1.
(b) Numbers which contain an infinite number of composite numbers.
(c) Numbers which do not, and can not, contain a perfect number.
(d) Numbers which are divisible by 2.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following was an important proposition given by Euclid's number theory?

2. Who was Neil's Abel?

3. Who challenged Tartaglia to a contest to solve cubic equations?

4. What else, besides a solution to cubic equations, was in Cardano's book?

5. What series was Euler most famous for?

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