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Lecture Information

Instructor:   Adam Bowers
Time:   10:00-10:50 am (MWF)
Location:   CENTR 113

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TA Name Section Time (Thu) Location Office Hours
Josh Tobin A4 5 pm APM 7421 Wed 11:30-12:30 and Thu 3-4 (APM 6442)
A1 6 pm
Haik Manukian A2 7 pm APM 7421 Wed 1-3 pm (APM 6446)
A3 8 pm


(30 Mar 2015) Welcome to Math 163!

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to the origins of many topics that they encountered during a first-year single variable calculus sequence (such as Math 20A and 20B). Focus will be on the mathematical development (rather than the mathematicians themselves), but some biographical information will be given. (Note: Topics of Math 163 may vary from year to year.)

From the back of the textbook: "This book offers an accessible and in-depth look at some of the most important episodes of two thousand years of mathematical history. Beginning with trigonometry and moving on through logarithms, complex numbers, infinite series, and calculus, this book profiles some of the ... crucial contributors to modern day mathematics ... [A] knowledge of first-year calculus is the only prerequisite. But undergraduate and graduate students alike will appreciate this glimpse into the fascinating process of mathematical creation."

REQUIRED TEXT: Journey through Mathematics, Enrique A. González-Velasco, Springer, 2011.

OTHER BOOKS: This is a selection of well-known books on mathematics and the people behind mathematics.

General History of Mathematics:
A History of Mathematics by C. Boyer and U. Merzbach (2011).
Mathematics and Its History by J. Stillwell (2010).
The Search for Certainty: A Journey Through the History of Mathematics, 1800-2000 by F.J. Swetz (editor) (2012).
The European Mathematical Awakening: A Journey Through the History of Mathematics from 1000 to 1800 by F.J. Swetz (editor) (2013).

History of Calculus:
The History of the Calculus and Its Conceptual Development by C. Boyer (1959).
The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue by W. Dunham (2008).