**Lecture
room: **EDUC SCI 212

**Lecture time: **TueThu
2:30-3:45

**Lecturer:
**Gheorghe Craciun

Office: 405 Van Vleck

Tel. (608) 265-3391

E-mail: craciun *at* math *dot* wisc *dot* edu

Office hours: Wednesdays 12-1:15pm.

**Main
textbook: **

*Mathematics and Its History*, by John Stillwell.

**Other
recommended books:**

*Mathematics
in Western Culture,
by* Morris Kline.

*The
History of Mathematics: An Introduction, *by David Burton.

*A History of Mathematics, *by Carl Boyer and Uta Merzbach.

*Proofs from THE BOOK,* by Martin Aigner and GŸnter
M. Ziegler.

*Proofs
without Words: Exercises in Visual Thinking*, by Roger B. Nelsen.

**Online
resources:**

The Story of Mathematics http://www.storyofmathematics.com/sources.html

MacTutor History of Mathematics archive http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk

History of Mathematics in 50 Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsEcpS-hyXw

The History of Mathematics by G. Donald Allen
http://www.math.tamu.edu/~dallen/masters/hist_frame.htm

**Course
Content: **This course is intended for
students with an interest in mathematics as a discipline/field of study, its
history, its people, important developments, different schools of thought, and
its contributions to different areas of society.

**Prerequisites:** An introductory
course in analytic geometry and calculus is required. In addition, a linear
algebra course is strongly recommended.

**Grading:**

Homework and class participation (including ** class projects**) : 33%

Midterm exam: 33%

Final exam: 33%

You can sign up for the **PIAZZA webpage** for this class here: http://www.piazza.com/wisc/spring2017/math473

**Homework
#1: **

1.
Before each class
read the next textbook section and do any other reading assigned in the
previous class.

2.
Solve and hand in
solutions to all the Exercises in Chapter 1 of the Stillwell textbook (due **Thursday Jan 26**, just before
class). Solutions to problems where
Òcomputer assistance is recommendedÓ (such as 1.2.1 and 1.2.2) are encouraged,
but **not** required.

Some youtube videos
related to the Pythagorean Theorem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RksVPKaJU00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSd4A4Qqh50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDdQB-pUH9c

Vi Hart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1E7I7_r3Cw

**Homework
#2: **

1.
Before each class
read the next textbook section and do any other reading assigned in the
previous class.

2.
Solve and hand in
solutions to Exercises 2.1.1,
2.1.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 2.2.8, 2.2.9, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3, 2.3.4, 2.4.1,
2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4, 2.5.1, 2.5.2 in Chapter 2 of the
Stillwell textbook (due ~~Thursday
Feb 2~~, **Tuesday Feb 7** just before
class).

*Future Homework
assignments are available on the PIAZZA webpage. (For example, Homework #3 was already uploaded on PIAZZA.)*