MTH412 History of Mathematics
Lead Faculty: Dr. Igor Ya Subbotin
Course DescriptionExamines currents in the development of mathematics and throughout ancient Egypt, Babylon, China, and the Middle East. It studies mathandapos;s influence on society through the major events of Europe, contemporary developments, and some projections into the future, including the women and men who played key roles in evolution of mathematics.
- Discuss some of the major milestones in the development of mathematics and how public thought was influenced by them: from early mysticism to the sixteenth century desire to classify and categorize that introduced Arabic numerals to England and forever altered commerce, navigation and surveying; From the belief in the power of rational, logical thought expressed by Newton or Boole to the loss of certainty expressed in Godelandapos;s Theorem. From a sense of the individual soul to the attitude of becoming a statistics and to the possibility that the human brain state can be modeled with a fairly sophisticated computer.
- Do some mathematics of various time periods.
- Discuss current directions in mathematics education.