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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