Sir John A.
Macdonald’s Math Notebook
Stored away in
Library and Archives Canada is a mathematics notebook from 1827 written by Sir
John A. Macdonald while he attended the Midland District Grammar School on Rideau
Street in Kingston. A brief description of the contents of the notebook is
given by Donald Creighton in his biography of Macdonald:
“And by 1827, when he was just twelve years old, he
had worked his way through numbers and their properties, decimals, ratios and
geometrical proportions, and was deep in square and cube roots.”
These bare bones do
not tell the whole story. There is much more information locked away in this
little treasure.


Contents of the
notebook 
