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Author:Fred Rickey, Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy
Description: Information about courses Rickey has taught about the history of mathematics. Historical notes for calculus teachers cover Torricelli's trumpet, Clepsydra, the history of the brachistochrone, the bridge and the catenary, Cauchy's famous wrong proof, and Schwarz's Paradox. Also, notes on rare books, and links to bibliographies of Leonhard Euler, Georg Cantor, John Wallis, and Kenneth O. May. Articles include "Reassembling Humpty Dumpty Again: Putting George Washington's Cyphering Manuscript Back Together Again," "George Washington's Use of Trigonometry and Logarithms," "201 years of mathematics at West Point," "The impact of ballistics on mathematics," "The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus: History, Intuition, Pedagogy, Proof," "Historical Notes for the Calculus Teacher," "Eric Temple Bell's Men of Mathematics: From Influential to Infamous," and "The Notebooks of George Washington on Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry, Logarithms and Surveying."

Levels: College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Course Notes, Articles, Bibliographies
Math Topics: History and Biography

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