Trent University, Fall 2016

Mathematics 3820H

*Mathematics from medieval to modern times*

MATH 3820H is a survey of the history of mathematics from medieval times onwards, with a focus on the development of arithmetic and algebra and the evolution of proofs and abstraction.

**Prerequisite:** Mathematics 1100Y, with at least 60%, or permission of the instructor.

**Stefan's Exam Period Office Hours**

Thursday, 8 December, 09:00-13:00

Monday, 12 December, 09:00-14:00

Wednesday, 14 December, 09:00-13:00

Friday, 16 December, 09:00-13:00

**Fall 2016**

- MATH 3820H Course Outline & Schedule
- The textbook: A Short Account of the History of Mathematics (4th Edition), by W. W. Rouse Ball, 1908. A version (pdf and T
_{E}X) is available online (for free!) from Project Gutenberg at:`http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/31246`; you can also find it (pdf) locally here.*[From the Project Gutenberg License: This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.]* - Project
- Assignment # 1,
2,
3,
π,
4,
5,
6
- Readings for Assignment #1: The
Aryabhatiya and
The Algebra of Mohammed Ben Musa [
*i.e.*al-Kwarizmi]. - Readings for Assignment #3: Jerome Cardan: The life of Girolamo Cardano, of Milan, physician, Vol. I, by Henry Morley, and Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences, by Galileo Galilei.
- Reading for Assignment #4: Essay on Conics by Blaise Pascal, translated by F.M. Clarke.
- Reading for Assignment #5: An Account of the Book
*Entituled Commercium Epistolicum Collinii et Aliorum, de Analysi Promota*by Isaac Newton (writing anonymously), edited by D.R. Wilkins. - Reading for Assignment #6: The Single Rule of Three Direct, excerpted from Cocker's Arithmetick, perused by J. Hawkins (22nd Edition) by Edward Cocker and John Hawkins.

- Readings for Assignment #1: The
Aryabhatiya and
The Algebra of Mohammed Ben Musa [
- Take-Home Final Examination

- Reading for question
**3**: Bija Ganita by Bhaskara II. - Initial reading for question
**5**: The Hindu-Arabic Numerals by L.C. Karpinski and D.E. Smith, at Project Gutenberg.

- Reading for question

**Fall 2014**

**Fall 2012**

- Course information:
- Assignment # 1,
2,
3,
4,
5,
6,
7,
8,
9,
10,
11

Reading for Assignment 11 - Take-Home Final Examination

There is fair bit of material available online about the history of mathematics and related areas; a brief selection follows:

- The Euler Archive
- Galileo Portal
- Gauss' Works
- 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.
- 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
- MacTutor history of mathematics archives
- The Newton Project
- The Newton Project - Canada
- 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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