Suppose that Pascal's triangle is written as follows:

1 1 1 1 1 . . . 1 2 3 4 5 . . . 1 3 6 10 15 . . . 1 4 10 20 35 . . . 1 5 15 35 70 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The first row and column consist entirely of 1s, and every other number is the sum of the number to its left and the number above. For each positive number n, let D_{n}denote the determinant of the matrix consisting of the first n rows and first n columns of this array.Compute D_{n}.© Copyright 1996 Stan Wagon. Reproduced with permission.

2 October 1998