History of Mathematics
Paper ideas

For those on the reading/writing track, there's a five-page paper due by the end of the term. Five pages is really not a long paper, so you'll need to be very efficient in making a point. The principle is the same as for reading responses: Don't Summarize. Reading biographies is particularly dangerous because you will be tempted to recap rather than make an argument.

Here are a collection of ideas of topics and sources.

Student Paper Contest in the History of Mathematics

I'll help you beef up your paper for submission to the student paper contest of the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) if you are interested. Their deadline is March 31.