Mathematics Department - Math 436 - History of Mathematics

Math 436 - History of Mathematics

Course Description

This course will cover selected topics from the history of mathematics including number systems; Euclidean geometry; the development of algebra in India, Arabia, and the West; and calculus.


Prerequisites: 01:640:250, CALC3; recommended to be taken after Geometry (01:640:435).


Choice of textbook varies with instructor. One common choice is the following.

A History of Mathematics by Victor Katz,
Pearson Education, 2008
ISBN: 978-0321387004

For Spring 2017 see Professor Zeilberger's course page.

Schedule Archives

Fall 2018 Schedule

(This course is taught during Fall and Spring semesters.)


See the drop-down menu for course information since Fall 2006. Older information is given below

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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Information posted prior to the beginning of the semester is frequently tentative, or based on previous semesters. Textbooks should not be purchased until confirmed with the instructor. For generally reliable textbook information—with the exception of sections with an alphabetic code like H1 or T1, and topics courses (197,395,495)—see the textbook list.

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