Up: Math 190: History of Mathematics

Math 190: History of Math

PDF Version: A PDF version of this syllabus is available here
A PDF version of the tentative schedule is available here

Instructor: Jon McCammond
Office hours: MW 12:00-12:50 / T 2:00-2:50 and by appointment in South Hall 6711
Phone number. 893-2060 (no answering machine)
E-mail. jon.mccammond@math.ucsb.edu
My Home Page. http://www.math.ucsb.edu/~jon.mccammond/
Course Home Page . http://www.math.ucsb.edu/~jon.mccammond/courses/sprin06/190/


  • Remarkable Mathematicians by I. James published by Cambridge (required)
  • Euler; the master of us all by W. Dunham published by MAA (recommended)

Course description. Math 190 is the course number used for special topics courses. The course this quarter will focus on the history of mathematics. More specifically it focuses on the history from Euler to present with an emphasis on the institutional development of mathematics as a discipline within the academy.

Grading: The plan is to cover one chapter of the text each week. Homework assignments will mainly be short response essays. The rest of your grade will be determined by attendence/participation, a midterm and a final exam. The weights of each of these are as follows.

Homework 15%
Participation 15%
Midterm 30%
Final 30%
Project 10%

The midterm and final will again mainly consist of short essay topics. The final project will be a short paper on a topic of your choosing.

Make-ups: Make-ups for exams will only be given with documented University-approved excuses (see University Regulations).

ADA: Students with disabilities can get assistance from the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (845-1637). I'm happy to work with them and you.

Copyright Information: Please note that all written and web materials for this course have an implied copyright. In particular, you can xerox (or download) for your own use, but you may not reproduce them for others.

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