MA376 — History of Mathematics
This is the course web page for my History of Mathematics (MA376) course,
Spring 2015. 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, posted here as they get
written. Once again, the dates next to each assignment show when the
assignment is due.
|Schedule of Readings
- February 6: Stedall, chapters 1 and 2.
- February 9: Stedall, chapter 3.
- February 11: Stedall, chapter 4.
- February 13: Stedall, chapter 5.
- February 16: Stedall, chapters 6 and 7.
- February 18: Ancient mathematics except for Greek;
MttA, pages 5–15.
- February 20: Numeration and arithmetic; MttA, Sketches
- February 23: Greek mathematics; MttA pages 15–25,
sketches 12, 14, 28.
- February 25: More Greek mathematics; read the first three
Alexandria, through Baghdad. These are surveys (by Berggren,
Saito, and Sidoli) of recent research on Greek mathematics.
- February 27: A first look at Euclid; read the front matter
of your copy of the Elements: prefaces, about Euclid and about
Heath, terminology. Then read the first two pages of the
Elements: definitions, postulates, common notions.
- March 2: Medieval mathematics; MttA, pages 24–34.
- March 4: Algebra and equations; MttA, Sketches 8–11.
- March 6: Early modern mathematics; MttA, pages 35–48.
- March 9: New geometries; MttA, Sketches 16, 20, 19.
- March 11: To modern times; MttA, pages 48–62.
- March 13: Euclid, Book I, propositions 1–26.
- March 16: Euclid, Book I, propositions 27–48.
- March 18: Euclid, Book II.
- March 20: no class; reading assignment is Euclid, Books III
(easy) and V (hard).
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
But of course there is a lot of good information out there. Here's
a few examples.
Fernando Q. Gouvêa ---- firstname.lastname@example.org