The History of Mathematics

This Nuffield Advanced Mathematics option consists of six units of work, each on a different theme. Students had the opportunity, as part of their coursework, to develop an aspect of interest from one of the themes into a longer project. These topics were chosen to relate the learning in an A-level mathematics course and to deepen students’ understanding of such topics as algebra, proof, geometry, calculus and the nature of mathematics.

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Introduction 7
Unit 1: The Babylonians
Unit 2: The Greeks
Unit 3: The Arabs
Unit 4: Descartes
Unit 5: Calculus
Unit 6: Searching for the abstract
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