**Syllabus – Math 2720 – History of Mathematics**
Textbook: The History of Mathematics by David Burton (7^{th} edition)
Class website: www.professorhedman.com
1/24 Orientation
The Psychology of Mathematics
1/28 Mathematical Creativity
1/30 Number as Archetype
Chapter One: Early Number Systems
2/4 1.1 Pre-History and Quipus
2/6 1.2 Egyptian Hieratic and Greek numeration
2/11 1.3 Babylonian Cuneiform
Chapter Two: Mathematics in Early Civilizations
2/13 2.1 2.3 Rhind Papyrus 2.2 Egyptian Arithmetic
2/18 2.4 Egyptian Geometry
**2/20 ** 2.5, 2.6 Plimpton 322 and Babylonian Mathematics **(First Paper Due)**
Chapter Three: Early Greek Mathematics
2/25 3.1-3.3 Thales, Pythagoras
2/27 3.4-3.5 Zeno and Constructions
Chapter Four: Alexandrian Mathematics
3/4 4.1-4.3 Euclid, Plato
3/6 4.4 Eratosthenes
3/11 4.5 Archimedes
**3/13 MIDTERM (Second Paper Due)**
3/17-3/23 SPRING BREAK
Chapter Five: Twilight of Greek Mathematics
3/25 5.1-5.4 Diophantus, Pappus, Constantinople
3/27 5.5 Islamic Culture
4/1 5.5 Chinese Mathematics
Chapter Six: Carolingian Renaissance
4.3 6.1-6.2 Hindu-Arabic Numerals, Oresme
4/8 6.3-6.4 Fibonacci
Chapter Seven: Italian Renaissance
4/10 7.1 Renaissance Universities
**4/15** 7.2-7.4 Tartaglia, Cardan **(Third Paper Due)**
Chapter Eight: The Mechanical World
4/17 8.1 Galileo, Napier, Kepler
4/22 8.2 Descartes
4/24 8.3 Newton
4/29 8.4 Leibnitz
5/3 Last Day of Class
**Course Requirements**
Examinations: Midterm: 50 multiple-choice questions based on lectures and 1.1-4.5
Final: 50 multiple-choice questions based on lectures and 5.1-8.4
Papers: First Paper: Three pages (approx 750 words plus bibliography) on any
Pre-Hellenic topic, such as Egyptian or Babylonian
mathematics, Stonehenge, Mayan calendar or pyramids,
the mathematics of Easter Island, the Ishango bone, etc.
Second Paper: Six pages (approx 1500 words plus bibliography) on the
development of a mathematical topic or the mathematics
of a certain time period. Check topic with me first.
Third Paper: Six pages (approx 1500 words plus bibliography) on the
biography about a mathematician from the attached list.
No two students are to write about the same person, so I
will keep a sign-up sheet. Include both life and times, and
his work.
Grading: Midterm ……………..25 points
Final …………………25 points
First Paper………… 10 points
Second Paper ………..20 points
Third Paper……….….20 points
Total possible………100 points, grading will be on the curve
Paper Requirements:
This is a “W” course, so half of the points a paper earns is based on grammar and syntax and half on content. Bibliographies are to follow AMA standards, exemplified by my published papers on the class website under “Extra Readings.” A hard-copy of the paper is due in class on or before the date assigned. **Any late paper for any reason will have two points deducted.** This hard-copy will be graded on the point scale above, and returned for corrections. Students will revise their papers according to the corrections, and re-submit a soft-copy on a thumb drive anytime before the end of the course, lest they receive an incomplete for a course grade. The soft-copy will be searched on the internet, so do not plagiarize. Do not bulk up your paper with quotations; one sentence should suffice.
**Famous Mathematicians/Scientists for Your Biographical Paper**
No two students are to write on the same mathematician. So see me first to sign up.
Ahmes
Thales
Pythagoras
Eratosthenes
Archimedes
Hypatia
Omar Khayyam
Bhaskara
Oresme
Regiomontanus
Fibonacci
Tartaglia
Cardan
Galileo
Kepler
Napier
Fermat
Pascal
Newton
Leibniz
Maclaurin
Bernoulli
Agnesi
Fourier
Laplace
Euler
Lagrange
Gauss
Weierstrauss
Cauchy
Lobachevski
Dedekind
Cantor
Riemann
Hilbert
Russell
Noether
Hardy
Von Neumann
Godel
Einstein
Erdos
Nash |