HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-006: History of Mathematics
(Spring 2020)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

Exploratory Hall (formerly Science and Tech II) L111

Section Information for Spring 2020

This course explores the history of mathematics across the world, from the 3rd century BCE to the present.  It will contextualize mathematicians and mathematical discoveries in their larger intellectual and social settings.  Sessions will include discussions of the historical context as well as explorations of historical problem-solving techniques from China, India, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.  We will examine themes that include the materiality of mathematics, the ways we assign credit to and value the work of historical mathematicians, and how culture influences mathematical practices. Students who sign up under the HIST 387 course number will receive credit for Mason Core Global Understanding (Non-Western Culture); students who sign up under the MATH 400 course number will receive credit for Mason Core Synthesis.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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