Resources for Math 3510, Fall 2012

I have placed four books on 3-hour reserve in Carlson Library. (Under the Library tab at the MyUT portal you will see the Course Reserves search box.)

There are many websites with historical accounts, mathematical and otherwise. Here I mention only two.

There is one other textbook which may be helpful, although Carlson Library does not have a copy:

There are some BBC radio programs that help give us a glimpse of life in the ancient world, and in particular the role of science and mathematics. (Look for the Listen Now buttons on the pages listed below.)

One of the voices you will hear frequently at the BBC is that of Eleanor Robinson. She has a fabulous article in the American Mathematical Monthly which shows what can go wrong when mathematicians try their hand at historical reconstruction. This piece concerns the most famous mathematical tablet from ancient Iraq, the so-called Plimpton 322.

Karen Hunger Parshall provides a good survey of early algebra in her The art of algebra from al-Khwarizmi to Viète: a study in the natural selection of ideas.

There is a useful atlas with which you can trace, for example, the flow of european history starting in year 400, just before the fall of the western Roman Empire.

Charlie Gunn's view inside hyperbolic space.