A History of Mathematics (MAT2403.01)

Timothy Kane

Symbolism has played a central role in the development of mathematics.  From Babylonian cuneiform tablets to today’s modern algebraic notation, the evolution of mathematical thought requires new symbols as new symbols allow for more abstract and analytical reasoning.  While exploring the general themes and historical periods of mathematics, this course will focus on the convoluted history of symbolic mathematical notation and its influence on the development of mathematics. Coursework will include both computation and literary components.  Fluency with high school mathematics or Entry to Mathematics recommended.

Learning Outcomes:
Inquire the utility of mathematical symbolism
Research the development of a universal mathematical structure
Create unique symbolic structure
Engage with cultural meaning and influence of symbolism
Communicate historical themes through a mathematical lens

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Mathematics