MAT 336  History of Mathematics  

Spring 2018  TuTh 2:30-3:50pm Earth and Space 079

Instructor: Ljudmila Kamenova

e-mail: kamenova@math.stonybrook.edu
Office: Math Tower 3-115
Office hours: Wednesdays 11am - 2pm in Math Tower 3-115


Syllabus: We shall study the history of mathematics, from the earliest times to the beginning of the 20th century. Special attention will be paid to the contributions of the Inca, Mayans, Babylonians, Greeks, Hindus, Arabs, Chinese and to the subsequent later European developments into the modern era.


Prerequisites: MAT 200 or MAT 203 or MAT 307 or AMS 261


Required Text: David M. Burton, The History of Mathematics, 7th edition, McGrawhill 2011.

Recommended Text: William Dunham, Journey Through Genius, Penguin 1990.


Grading: Weekly Quizzes: 30%, Class Presentation: 20%, Term Paper: 50%

Suggested reading from the textbooks will be assigned each week. The weekly quizzes will be over what has been discussed in class during the previous couple of weeks, as well as the reading.

Each student will give a 15 minute oral presentation in front of the class over a topic assigned by the instructor. After the presentation, there will be a 5 minute class discussion, in which the other students can ask questions, or make comments about the presentation.

Each student will write a term paper of 15-20 pages on a topic that must be approved by the instructor. The paper should be typed double spaced, any size font or stype. The term paper will be graded on its content, as well as on how well it is written. The term paper should be handed in by Tuesday, May 1, in class. Late papers cannot be accepted.

There will be no final exam.


Homework (not to be handed in): There will be some practice problems for the weekly quizzes coming up.


Writing Requirement: Successful completion of MAT 336 with a C or better satisfies DEC H and the expository portion of the upper-division writing requirement for the mathematics major, as well as the STAS, WRTD, and SPK objectives in the Stony Brook Curriculum. The learning outcomes corresponding to the SBC objectives are:

Learning Outcomes for "Understand relationships between Science or Technology and the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences (STAS)"
1. Apply concepts and tools drawn from any field of study in order to understand the links between science or technology and the arts, humanities or social sciences.
2. Synthesize quantitative and/or technical information and qualitative information to make informed judgments about the reciprocal relationship between science or technology and the arts, humanities or social sciences.

Learning Outcomes for "Speak Effectively before an Audience (SPK)"
1. Research a topic, develop an oral argument and organize supporting details.
2. Deliver a proficient and substantial oral presentation for the intended audience using appropriate media.
3. Evaluate oral presentations of others according to specific criteria.

Learning Outcomes for "Write Effectively within One's Discipline (WRTD)"
1. Collect the most pertinent evidence, draw appropriate disciplinary inferences, organize effectively for one's intended audience, and write in a confident voice using correct grammar and punctuation.


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