Technology and the History of Mathematics
November 6, 1999 2:00-2:45 pm
Department of Mathematics
Humboldt State University
Abstract: The author will present examples demonstrating
how technology can be used to enhance a course in the history of mathematics.
Examples of Accessing
As in most applications of technology, it is concepts
that drive the
The history of mathematics considers in the development of
individuals who create and present
political, sociological and educational
contexts where mathematics is sustained and grows
concepts of mathematics as they
are understood today and especially
as they might have been understood
by people when they were developed.
a variety of general tools for education.
These tools are useful in the study
of history by making information easier to
access - using
organize - using
image, presentation, and word processors;and
comprehend - using
computational and visual tools to deconstruct
[historical] results and arguments.
Web resources for biographies and
Web resources for content historical
Web resources for primary resources.
Examples of Organizing Information
Lectures linked to resources.
Examples of Comprehending Information
Solution of a Cubic (from Smith's Source Book).
Oresme's discussion of visualizing motion and acceleration.
Student presentation. The
- Technology applications that enrich understanding and make
historical arguments and computations accessible and lively. Examples
Using Excel to make arithmetical computations accessible.
Napier's Tables of Logarithms
Using Geometers' Sketchpad to make geometrical arguments
(java made with GSP) solution of a cubic.
Gregoire de Saint-Vincent's Areas under a hyperbola.
Combining resources to demonstrate interaction of numerical