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Prerequisites

Four semesters of calculus.
This course will present an overview of the development of mathematics from ancient civilizations to the beginning of the 19th century. Selected topics from the history of mathematics including number systems; Euclidean geometry; the development of algebra in India, Arabia, and the West; and calculus. Special emphasis will be placed on some recurrent themes, e.g., calculation of areas, progressive enlargement of number systems, changing concepts of rigorous proof.
Besides lectures, part of the course will be devoted to presentations of selected topics by participants, either in class or in the form of papers.

Textbook

Textbook:  For current textbook please refer to our Master Textbook List page

Term Papers

As part of the SAS core curriculum writing requirement, there will be a term paper consisting of at least 4,000 words. (This is about 8 single-spaced pages, or 16 double-spaced pages.) Students are expected to select a branch of mathematics, approved by the professor, and write about how it has evolved over the course of history.

This course is taught during the Fall and Spring semesters.


Current Semester

For more information on instructors and sections for Fall 2017, please see our Fall 2017 Teaching Schedule Page

For more information on instructors and sections for this course for other semesters, please see our Teaching Schedule Page

 

Previous Semesters

Instructors

  • Spring 2006: Tunnell
  • Spring 2005: M. Raman
  • Spring 2004: Levitt
  • Spring 2003: Browder
  • Spring 2001, '02: Kosinski
  • Fall '99,'00: Cherlin (as 640:395)

Term Papers

As part of the SAS core curriculum writing requirement, there will be a term paper consisting of at least 4,000 words. (This is about 8 single-spaced pages, or 16 double-spaced pages.) Students are expected to select a branch of mathematics, approved by the professor, and write about how it has evolved over the course of history.

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Department of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics
Rutgers University
Hill Center - Busch Campus
110 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019, USA

Phone: +1.848.445.2390
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