Catalog Description: 
Development of mathematical thought from beginning to present.
Contributions from ancient Egypt, Babylonia, and Greece; from
China, India, and the Arab world; as well as from medieval and
modern Western civilization. (Offered spring semester, even years.)

Prerequisites: 
MATH 211 Calculus III

Required Course Materials: 
Victor J. Katz, A History of Mathematics: An Introduction, 3^{rd} edition, AddisonWesley, 2009 (ISBN: 9780321387004)
Other references from internet, Murray Library, and supply by the instructor.

Course Coordinator: 
Lamarr C. Widmer, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics

Course Audience: 
Juniors and seniors majoring in Mathematics

Course Objectives: 
 This course provides an overview of the history of mathematics
from earliest human mathematical activities to the present state
of the discipline.
 We intend to consider both technical and human sides of the
subject and to provide each student with an indepth, individual
look at one particular historical, mathematical topic.
 You will improve your ability to solve mathematical
problems, both as individuals and in teams.
 You will be able to situate mathematics in its
cultural setting.

Topics: 
 Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek mathematics
 Indian, Chinese, and Islamic mathematics
 The Awakening: Fibonacci, Llull, Orême
 Cardan, Bombelli, Newton, Leibniz, Descartes, Pascal
 Algebra: Hamilton, Boole
 Probability Theory
 Number Theory: Fermat, Euler, Gauss
 NonEuclidean Geometry: Desargues, Bolyai, Lobachevsky
 Set Theory: Cantor and Kronecker
 Twentieth Century mathematicians and their contributions

