Math 184: History of Mathematics

Here is the course syllabus.

This class is an introduction to the history of mathematics, developed around the concept of math as a living subject animated by its many human practitioners across time. As such, we will spend time thinking about what counts as math, who does that math, and how math shapes our societies (and vice versa). We include, for example, a brief survey of ancient and medieval math practices across various cultures, but will also provide space to critique the Eurocentric perspectives of the canonical storytellers. Especially as we come to the Renaissance and beyond, we will engage with the origins of various modern disciplines as motivated by social and political struggles of the era. Students will critically engage with mathematical histories and think about their own place in this ongoing human endeavor of solving problems.

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