MA376 — History of Mathematics

This is the course web page for my History of Mathematics (MA376) course, Spring 2017. Assignments and other information will appear here. Bookmark it and check it regularly!

On the left below is a schedule of what to read for which class. For each date, I give what you should have read before class that day.

On the right are your various writing assignments; these are basically copies of what you will receive in class. Once again, the dates next to each assignment show when the assignment is due.

Schedule of Readings Assignments
 
  • February 3: Stedall, chapters 1 and 2.
  • February 6: Stedall, chapter 3.
  • February 8: Stedall, chapter 4.
  • February 10: Stedall, chapter 5.
  • February 13: Stedall, chapters 6 and 7.
  • February 15: How do we divide history into periods?
  • February 17: Pre-Greek mathematics: MttA, pages 5–15 and Sketches 1, 3, 4.
  • February 20: Greek mathematics: MttA, pages 15–25
  • February 22: More Greek mathematics: Sketches 12, 14, 28, 29.

History of Mathematics Links

There's always the internet, of course. In general, the central word on anything you find online is be very suspicious. For example, consider this example.

But of course there is a lot of good information out there. Here are a few examples.


Fernando Q. Gouvêa ---- fqgouvea@colby.edu