History of Mathematics (3-0)
One of two periods will be addressed:
(1) Pre-17th century history: Mathematical contributions for various cultures and eras from Babylonia to 16th century Europe are reviewed with special focus on Greek mathematics. (2) Early modern history: A historical account of the genesis of trigonometry, logarithms, analytic geometry, calculus, and the study of functions, with an emphasis on the period of the European scientific revolution (1600-1750). Original works by noted mathematicians will be examined in order to understand the evolution of our current mathematics curriculum. May be repeated for credit when the periods differ. Prerequisite: MATH 1411 or instructor approval.