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The Howell Primer - Page 102
by Logan Douglass Howell, George A. King (illustrator.) - 1912 - 127 pages
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Advanced Algebra with the TI-89

B. (Brendan) Kelly - Algebra - 1999 - 95 pages
...St. Ivés, I met a man with seven wives; Every wife had seven sacks, Every sack had seven cats, Every cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were going to St. Ivés? 7—» 72— » '3— » The Rhind Papyrus: Problem 79 hieratic script hieroglyphics...
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The Kingdom of Infinite Number: A Field Guide

Bryan Bunch - Mathematics - 2001 - 388 pages
...nearly 3000 years later by Fibonacci, and also is implicit in the trick question of a children's rhyme: As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, Every sack had seven cats, Every cat had seven kits: Kits, cats, sacks,...
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Number: From Ahmes to Cantor

Midhat J. Gazalé - Mathematics - 2000 - 297 pages
...Saint Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Ev'ry wife had seven sacks Ev'ry sack had seven cats Ev'ry cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks and wives, How many were going to Saint Ives? It is worth observing that problem 79 in the Rhind Papyrus also deals with groupings...
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Quotation Index to Children's Literature

Melanie Axel-Lute - Education - 2001 - 317 pages
...boy; All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy. > [in Baring-Gould, The Annotated Mother Goose] (4) As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven...kits; Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were going to St. Ives? > [in Baring-Gould, The Annotated Mother Goose] (5) Baa, baa, black sheep, Have...
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The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots

Joseph Twadell Shipley - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2001 - 672 pages
...conceit than seven men that can render a reason"-Bible, Proverbs 26:16. As I was going to St. Ivés I met a man with seven wives, Each wife had seven...kits; Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were going to St. Ivés? -Nursery riddle, 1730 ser I: arrange, interlace, join together, compose. L, series,...
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Elementary Number Theory with Applications

Thomas Koshy - Mathematics - 2002 - 716 pages
...St. Ivés I met a man with se\en wives. Every wife had seven sacks. Every sack had seven cats. Every cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives. How many were there going to St. Ivés? 3. The American mathematician Edward Kasner once asked his young nephew to make up a name for...
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The Ciphers of the Monks: A Forgotten Number-notation of the Middle Ages

David A. King - Science - 2001 - 506 pages
...Saint Ives, I met a man with seven wives; Every wife had seven sacks, Every sack had seven cats, Every cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks and wives, How many were going to Saint Ives?" is: 2 + 7 + 72 + 73 + 74. Only in the monastic ciphers, here modified to base...
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The World's Biggest Puzzle Book

Charles Barry Townsend - Games - 2002 - 704 pages
...give up on this one. 48 "A/7 right now, Alfred, pay attention! I'll repeat the puzzle one more time. 'As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven...and wives, How many were there going to St. Ives?' It's really not very hard if you give it a little thought." This poem is a favorite among puzzle solvers....
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The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants

Jackie Silberg, Pamela Byrne Schiller - Education - 2002 - 507 pages
...made me laff. Theme Connections Food Humor Cats Counting Families Numbers As I Was Going to St. Ives As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven...kits: Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were going to St. Ives? Answer: One was going to St. Ives. Only one person was going to St. Ives. Another...
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The Puzzle Instinct: The Meaning of Puzzles in Human Life

Marcel Danesi - Mathematics - 2002 - 288 pages
...estate, all told? In eighteenth-century England this same puzzle appeared as a popular nursery rhyme: As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with seven...cats, Each cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, wives, That version, however, contained a clever trap. The sly anonymous puzzlist asked how many kits,...
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