CRN

94340

Distribution

E /*(Math/Computing)

Course No.

HPS / MATH 137                 Q course

Title

Mathematics of the Pre-Modern Era

Professor

Jeff Suzuki

Schedule

Mon Wed       1:30 pm -  2:50 pm       ALBEE 106

This course will trace the history of mathematics by learning and

applying methods of mathematics drawn from various civilizations, such as those of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, Islam, and the premodern west. Topics covered will include numeration, computation (including root extraction), algebra (including multilinear systems and third and fourth degree equations), and geometry.  Weekly homework assignments will make use of algebra, geometry, and precalculus. 

Prerequisites: Precalculus or permission of the instructor.

 

CRN

94356

Distribution

A/E /*(History)

Course No.

HPS 223

Title

The History of Science after Newton

Professor

Peter Skiff

Schedule

Tu Th            3:30 pm -  5:00 pm       HEG 102

Cross-listed:  History & Philosophy of Science, Victorian Studies

A survey of major agendas of physical science since 1750. Characteristic episodes include Lavoisier and the theory of elements; Maxwell and the mathematization of physics; arguments about light from Newton, Young, Michelson, and Einstein; twentieth-century atomic theory; and the emergence of "big science."