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How to Obtain Squares from Rectangles
 
This page attemots to record the history of the various methods by which squares have been obtained from rectangles.

Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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1859

Manuel pratique des jardins d'enfants de Frédéric Froebel', which was compiled by J F Jacobs and published by F Claassen in Brussells and L Hachette and Cie in Paris in 1859, gves a method of obtaining four smaller squares from a large rectangle..

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1873

'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873 contains a description what appears to be the same method.

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1877

The same method is also described in 'Kindergarten Practice' by Mary Gurney, which is a substantially abridged version, in two parts, of 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler. The second part, 'Froebel's Plane Surfaces', contains sections dealing with paper folding, cutting and weaving. The date of the first edition is not known. The second edition was published in 1877 in London by A N Myers and Co.

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