80-110   The Nature of Mathematical Reasoning

Summer 2000

Dirk Schlimm

Homework No.2

Wednesday, July 5, 2000

Due Friday, July 7, 2000


This homework should eventually become a part of the glossary of your portfolio.

  1. Find the dates of birth and death of the following mathematicians: Thales, Pythagoras, Plato, Eudoxos, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes.

  2. Draw a timeline of these mathematicians.

  3. Write a short entry for each of these people, containing their dates and stating their major achievements.
An excellent place to find the relevant information is the website of the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive (www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/index.html). There is also a link to it from the course website.