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An Anniversary for Bernoulli’s Ars Conjectandi

Gerald L. Alexanderson
Mathematics Magazine
Vol. 86, No. 5 (December 2013), pp. 319-322
DOI: 10.4169/math.mag.86.5.319
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.4169/math.mag.86.5.319
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Abstract

Summary An exposition of Jacques Bernoulli’s contribution to an oft-visited problem: finding formulas for the sum of the kth powers of the first n positive integers, formulas seen in beginning calculus courses. Bernoulli published his results in his masterpiece, Ars Conjectandi, published in 1713, a famous work which we celebrate in this, its tercentenary year.

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