Our Favorite Things #1: A Young Mathematician’s Notebook

Our Favorite Things #1: A Young Mathematician’s Notebook

In this reoccurring series, members of the Special Collections staff will introduce some of our favorite objects found in the stacks of Special Collections at Princeton.

Adrienne Rusinko, Special Collections Assistant, Public Services | “Copybook of Arithmetic Problems”

Adrienne, what do you do at Princeton?

Working in Special Collections Public Services, I work directly with patrons assisting in the reading room, with reference (both in person and remotely,) and help to ensure our collections are accessible.

And what is one of your favorite things?

Copybook of Arithmetic Problems (Cotsen 46473 ManuscriptsQ)

Doodles in a notebook of a bird and a profile of a person
Doodles in a notebook of interlocking curved lines
Doodles in a notebook of some sort of creature, possibly a dog

How did you first come to see this item?

I came across this item while browsing DPUL.

What are three words you would use to describe it?

Cool, Weird, Fun

And why is it one of your favorite things?

The illustrations in this volume are amazing. One of my favorite things about history is seeing how similar humans have always been despite how much the world has changed, and who hasn’t doodled on their math homework before? Whether I’m poring over the depictions of various creatures or trying to figure out exactly what math is going on, every page of this manuscript piques my interest.

Anything else you want to share?

This entire volume has been digitized and is available to view and download from its record in the catalog!

Thanks for sharing Adrienne! Check out the catalog entry to view and download an image of this item and learn more about seeing this item for yourself in person on the access service page of the Special Collections website.