History of Mathematics
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Every week, Reading A and Problem Set A are required for everyone. Reading B and Problem Set B are assigned for people on the reading/writing and problem sets track, respectively.

HW # Due Date Reading A Reading B Problem Set A Problem Set B
HW 1 Th Jan 17 2.2 (regular polyhedra),
22.2 (V-E+F),
Lakatos 1-30 (link),
Mazur on Theaetetus (link)
Lakatos 30-56 Warmup Problems 1-20 22.2.3-6
HW 2 Th Jan 24 1.1,2,5 (Pythagorean theorem),
3.1-4 (Greek number theory),
5.1-3 (Chinese number theory),
Egyptian arithmetic (link)
Mazur reading from last week, Al-Khwarizmi's quadratics (link) 3.2.3-4, 3.3.1-4, 3.4.1,
A1-A3
1.2.4, 3.2.5, 3.3.5, 5.2.2, 5.3.1-2,
B1-B4
HW 3Th Jan 31 6.1-3 (proto-algebra),
Angell p68-73, Two important approximation problems (link)
Math ed take on algorithms (link)
Chazelle on The Algorithm (link) A1-A8 5.4.1-6
HW 4 Th Feb 7 Stillwell Chapter 4,
Barrow Ch2 (link)
Rotman on infinity (link-guide) 4.3.1-3,
A1-A2
4.4.1-3,
B1-B2
HW 5Th Feb 14 10.1,2 (infinite series),
21.7,8 (ring axioms and biogs),
23.2,5 (sets and diagonalization),
Barrow Ch4 and Ch5 (link, link)
Eulogies of Noether (p31-33 in link)

Paper proposal due

2.1.1-2, 23.2.2-3
A1-A3
21.7.1-3, 23.2.4
B1-B3
HW 6 Th Feb 21 6.5-8 (the cubic formula),
Bourbaki Ch5 and Ch10
(p70-85 and 134-145 from link)
Bourbaki Ch 9 (p116-133) 6.5.1-3, 6.7.1-3,
A1-A2
6.6.1-3,
B1-B2
HW 7Th Feb 28 2.3, 9.4, 10.4,
Euler intro (link),
Euler and logarithms (link)
Rotman on 0 (link)

Paper draft due

Note: only one reading response this week.

2.3.1-2, 9.4.1-2, 10.4.2 2.3.3-4, 9.4.3-5, 10.4.1
HW 8 Th Mar 6 9.5, 10.7,
Hardy on Ramanujan (link), Greenberg (link)
Wigner's Unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics (link) 10.7.2,
A1-A5
10.7.3,
B1-B5
HW 9Th Mar 13 14.1-14.7,
Rothman on Galois (link),
Fara on Newton (link)
Duchin on genius (link) A1-A3 B1-B4

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