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math history help!!!!!
Posted: Jun 10, 2009 12:58 PM
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Hey everyone, i need some help. Im suppose to come up with a paper. This is what the instructions are: Remember that you need one mathematical topic and one topic that involves the wider society. Usually they will be from the same time period and culture, but not always. There should be some connection between the two topics. For instance, you might like to research a mathematician and an artist who have no direct connection but are both representative of the intellectual spirit of a particular historical age.

You want something that allows you to make some connections of your own. This could involve an ancient or modern development in algebra. The critical thinking would come in connecting it to the wider society. How was it used in a way that affected the world outside mathematics? How did it come to be represented in schools/universities? Algebra is a rich field, so I am sure you can refine this to a suitably limited topic.

More info: you could look at the move from rhetorical algebra to symbolic algebra and highlight one application that the change facilitated. Likewise, you could look at the development of abstract algebras (e.g. Lie algebras) and one application that has been facilitated. For instance, the Lie algebras are widely used in physics.

I also had to pick a theme which was Algebra.

Could someone help me on this? Any help would be appreciated. i just need some ideas thats all. i just need some topic ideas, because i cant think of anything.

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