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Mathematics 3810H

*Ancient and classical mathematics*

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**MATH 3810H, Winter 2022**

- MATH 3810H Course Outline
- Supplementary text: A Short Account of the History of Mathematics (4th Edition), by W.W. Rouse Ball, from Project Gutenberg. [Local copy.]
- The Greek Alphabet
- Project
- Assignment # 1,
2,
3,
π,
4,
5,
6

Readings for Assignment # 2:

*Words and Pictures: New Light on Plimpton 322*by Eleanor Robson

*Plimpton 322 is Babylonian exact sexagesimal trigonometry*, by Daniel F. Mansfield and N.J. Wildberger

Reading for Assignment #3:

Meno, by Plato, translated by Cathal Woods.

Reading for Assignment #5:

Archimedes, the Sand Reckoner by Ilan Vardi, including his translation of the Greek text - Take-Home Final Examination
*Lectures and Notes*(webm and pdf formats)*(Pre-)History of mathematics*- video and notes*Ancient Egypt and the Egyptian Number System*- video and notes*Egyptian Fractions, Division, and Some Algebra*- video and notes*Ancient Egyptian Geometry*- video and notes*Ancient Mesopotamia and Their Number System*- video and notes*Mesopotamian Arithmetic and Algebra*- video and notes*Mesopotamian Geometry and Algebra*- video and notes*Beginning of Greek Mathematics - Thales*- video*Pythagoras*- video*Zeno of Elea and Hippocrates of Chios*- failed to record*Eudoxus of Cnidus*- video [audio failed]

Handout: Magnitudes and Proportions*Lunes, Three Unsolved Problems, and Archytas of Tarentum*- video*Mathematics and Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle*- video*Euclid*- video

Handout: Excerpt from Book I of the Elements*Euclid II*- video

Handout: Proposition I-47 - The Pythagorean Theorem

Handout: Excerpt from Book VII of the Elements*Euclid III*- video

Handout: Excerpt from Book VII of the Elements

Handout: Proposition IX-20 - The Infinitude of Prime Numbers*Euclid IV*- video

Handout: Proposition XII-2 - Areas of Circles are Proportional to the Squares of their Diameters

Handout: Proposition XIII-12 - Area of an Equilateral Triangle Inscribed in a Circle*Archimedes*- video

Handout: Archimedes in Plutarch's*Life of Marcellus*[excerpt]*Archimedes II*- video

Handout: The Cattle Problem

Handout: Quadrature of the Parabola*Archimedes III*- video

Handout: The Method (a.k.a. Geometrical Solutions Derived From Mechanics)*Ancient Greek and Hellenistic Astronomy*- video*Claudius Ptolemy*- video*Apollonius of Perga*- video*Eratosthenes of Cyrene*- video*Heron and Menelaus, both of Alexandria*- video*Diophantus*- video*Pappus of Alexandria*- video*The End Times*- video

**MATH 3810H, Winter 2020**

- MATH 3810H Course Outline
- Project
- Assignment # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
- Take-Home Final Examination
- Supplementary text: A Short Account of the History of Mathematics (4th Edition), by W.W. Rouse Ball, from Project Gutenberg. [Local copy.]
- Instead-of-lecture notes:
- Additional readings:
- The architect Kha's protractor, by Amelia Carolina Sparavigna.
- Words and Pictures: New Light on Plimpton 322, by Eleanor Robson.
- Plimpton 322 is Babylonian exact sexagesimal trigonometry, by D.F. Mansfield and N.J. Wildberger.
- Meno, by Plato, translated by Cathal Woods.
- Excerpts from Euclid's Elements:
- Book I excerpt
- Proposition I-47, the Pythagorean Theorem
- Book V excerpt
- Book VII excerpt
- Proposition IX-20, the infinitude of prime numbers
- Proposition XIII-12, relating the the sides of an equilateral triangle inscribed in a circle to the radius

- Archimedes' Cattle Problem
- Geometrical Solutions Derived from Mechanics [also known as The Method], by Archimedes, trans. by J.L. Heiberg and L.G. Robinson. From Project Gutenberg. [Local copy.]
- The Sand Reckoner [PostScript] by Archimedes, translated with commentary by Ilan Vardi. [Local copy (pdf).]

- The Greek Alphabet

**MATH 3810H, Fall 2017**

- MATH 3810H Course Outline
- Project
- Assignment # 1, 2, 3, π, 4, 5, 6
- Take-Home Final Examination
- The Greek Alphabet
- Magnitudes and Proportions

**MATH 3810H, Winter 2016**

- MATH 3810H Course Outline
- Assignment # 1, 2, 3, π, 4, 5, 6
- Take-home Final Examination

**MATH 3810H, Fall 2013**

**MATH 3810H, Fall 2011**

**MATH 3810H, Fall 2009**

**MATH 381H, Fall 2007**

This is *not* an exhaustive list!

- The Heritage of Thales, W.S. Anglin & J. Lambeck

Springer Verlag, New York, 1995, ISBN 0-387-94544-X. - A History of Mathematics (2nd edition), by C.B. Boyer and revised by U.C. Merzbach,

John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1991, ISBN 0-471-54397-7. - A History of Mathematical Notations, by Florian Cajori,

Dover Publications, New York, 1993, ISBN 0-486-67766-4.

(Originally published in two volumes by Open Court Publishing, Chicago, in 1928 and 1929.) - Classics of Mathematics, edited by Ronald Calinger,

Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 1995, ISBN 0-02-318342-X. - The History of Mathematics, by Roger Cooke,

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1997, ISBN 0-471-18082-3. - An Introduction to the History of Mathematics (3rd edition), by Howard Eves,

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1969. - Mathematics in the Time of the Pharaohs, by Richard J.~Gillings,

Dover Publications, New York, 1982, ISBN 0-486-24315-X. - Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times Vol. I, by Morris Kline,

Oxford University Press, New York, 1972. - Mathematics in Western Culture, by Morris Kline,

Oxford University Press, New York, 1953. - A History of Mathematics, by Jeff Suzuki,

Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 2002, ISBN 0-13-019074-8.

- Historia Mathematica, a journal on the history of mathematics.

Published by Elsevier. Available at Bata Library, in print and/or electronic form, depending on the issue.

Various general mathematics journals occasionally publish articles about the history of mathematics. Search!

- Ancient language translators (Automated translation from English to Egyptian, Sumerian, and Assyrian/Babylonian).
- The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project.
- Euclid's Elements, with interactive diagrams by D.E. Joyce.
- Euclid's Elements in Greek, with an English translation by Richard Fitzpatrick.
- Google Book Search has the full text of a lot of older works available for reading online and/or for download.
- History of mathematics, main article at Wikipedia.
- History/Biography at The Math Forum
- History of Mathematics at Math Archives (University of Tennessee - Knoxville)
- History of Mathematics at Mathematics Resources on the Internet by Bruno Kevius
- History of mathematics article at Wikipedia
- The History of Mathematics, maintained by David R. Wilkins
- Images of ancient and medieval works on mathematics from Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library & Renaissance Culture, a Library of Congress exhibition.
- Indian Mathematics: Redressing the balance, by Ian G. Pearce.
- MacTutor history of mathematics archives
- A Modern Almagest: An updated version of Ptolemy's model of the solar system, by Richard Fitzpatrick.
- Project Gutenberg has the full text of a lot of older works available for download.
- Web resources on the history of mathematics, maintained by The British Society for the History of Mathematics.
- Wilbour Hall, an archive of "public domain materials that are essential for the study of ancient and early modern mathematics and mathematical astronomy," maintained by Joseph Leichter.

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