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MA 330W History of Mathematics: MA 330W

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This library guide contains resources for the course, History of Mathematics, beginning with the Ancients.  You will find information on the most important aspects of Mathematics from the beginnings of recorded mathematical activity through the development of calculus.

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If you have questions regarding this guide or library materials, contact Col. Janet Holly, Research and Instruction Librarian.

Assignment 1

Find biographical information from print or electronic books on the following mathematicians:

  • Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi
  • Isaac Barrow
  • Brahmagupta (7th Century)
  • Donlan: Girolamo Cardano
  • Augustin-Louis Cauchy
  • Rene Descartes
  • Pierre de Fermat
  • Leonardo of Pisa (Fibonacci)
  • Johannes Kepler
  • Umar Khayyami (Khayyam)
  • John Napier
  • Blaise Pascal
  • Nicolo Tartaglia
  • Francois Viete
  • John Wallis

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