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Program Detail - Math History

Math History

For many of us, our experience with mathematics has been primarily through a textbook: equations, theorems, proofs, examples and exercises. But behind each of these results is a person, and a story. They are stories of political and religious intrigue, competition and collaboration, commercial and military impetuses, moments of insight and patient persistence. In this 3-week study-program we will travel to the places famous mathematicians lived and worked. We will see the buildings they planned, the art they produced, the equipment they worked with, their inventions and some of their original writings. Along the way local math and history guides who will help to put what we see into a historical context will join us. We’ll gain an understanding of how mathematical ideas have developed over time, how social, cultural and historical factors have influenced the development of mathematics and conversely, how mathematics contributed to society and human culture. You will never look at those theorems and proofs in quite the same way again!

January 2019

Approximate Cost:

MA 329

Anne Trefry

Fulfills Global Perspective Requirement

Fulfills the following Gen Ed Requirements:
Global Perspectives AND for Math Majors, an upper division Math requirement