Students will be expected to write two papers on topics agreed to by the instructor, and to participate in class discussions of the material being presented.
The final mark will be based on these two papers (60%), and on the class discussions (40%).
There will be no text for the course, but an extensive reference list will be distributed at the beginning of the course, which will include these items:
Marcia Ascher, Ethnomatics (Cole, 1991).
C. Boyer, The History of the Calculus and its
Conceptual
Development (Dover, 1959).
M. P. Closs, Native American Mathematics (Univ.
of Texas, 1986).
J. N. Crossley, The Emergence of Numbers (World
Scientific,
1987).
C. H. Edwards, The Historical Development of
the Calculus
(Springer, 1980).
J. C. Grabiner, The Origins of Cauchy's Rigorous
Calculus (M.I.T. Press, 1981).
M. Kline, Mathematical Thought From Ancient to
Modern Times
(Oxford, 1972).
W. R. Knorr, The Evoluation of the Euclidean
Elements (Reidel,
1975).
Li, Yun, and Du, Shiran, Chinese Mathematics
(Oxford, 1987).
O. Neuqebauer, Astronomy and History, Selected
Essays (Springer,
1983).
J. Stillwell, Mathematics and its History
(Springer, 1989).