History of Mathematics
readings page
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  • Scott Aaronson, Who Can Name the Bigger Number?
  • John Barrow, Infinity, Almost and Actual, Fictitious and Factual, Chapter 2 from The Infinite Book
  • -----, Infinity Is Not a Big Number, Chapter 4 from The Infinite Book
  • -----, The Madness of Georg Cantor, Chapter 5 from The Infinite Book
  • Eric Temple Bell, Master and Pupil, Chapter 22 from Men of Mathematics
  • Nicolas Bourbaki (in this case Jean Dieudonne), The Architecture of Mathematics
  • Joseph Dauben, Cantor's Philosophy of the Infinite, Chapter 6 from Georg Cantor
  • Moon Duchin, The sexual politics of genius
  • William Dunham, Preface and Biographical Sketch from Euler, The Master of Us All
  • -----, Euler and Logarithms (Chapter 2), Euler and Infinite Series (Chapter 3), from Euler, The Master of Us All
  • Patricia Fara, Preface/Matters of Fact, selection from Newton: The Making of Genius
  • Thomas Fiske, Mathematical progress in America
  • Fowler and Robson, Square Root Approximations in Old Babylonian Mathematics
  • Marvin Jay Greenberg, Philosophical Implications, Chapter 8 from Euclidean and Non-Euclidean geometries: Development and history
  • Jacques Hadamard, Different Kinds of Mathematical Minds, Chapter 7 from The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field
  • R.W. Hamming, The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics (response to Wigner)
  • G.H. Hardy, The Indian Mathematician Ramanujan
  • Robin Hartshorne, Teaching geometry according to Euclid
  • Subhash Kak, Three Old Indian Values of Pi
  • Victor Katz, Arithmetic computations, from A History of Mathematics
  • -----, The algebra of Al-Khwarizmi and ibn Turk, from A History of Mathematics
  • Emilie Kenney, Cardano: "Arithmetic Subtlety" and Impossible Solutions
  • Imre Lakatos, Proofs and Refutations pages 6-43, in case you're having trouble locating the book
  • Saunders MacLane, Mathematics at Gottingen under the Nazis
  • Maurice Mashaal, selection (Chapters 5, 9, 10) from Bourbaki: A secret society of mathematicians
  • Barry Mazur, Conjecture
  • Paolo Mancosu, Mathematical Explanation: Problems and Prospects
  • Ernest Nagel and James R. Newman, Intro/The Problem of Consistency and Absolute Proofs of Consistency, selections from Godel's Proof
  • Henri Poincare (and John Stillwell), Theory of Fuchsian Groups (and translator's introduction), from Stillwell, Sources of hyperbolic geometry
  • H.G. Romig, Early History of Division by Zero
  • Laurent Rollet & Philippe Nabonnand, The Repertoire Bibliographique
  • Tony Rothman, Genius and Biographers: The Fictionalization of Evariste Galois
  • Brian Rotman, Mathematical Infinity/Finity, Chapter 2 from Ad Infinitum
  • -----, Number, Vision, Money, Chapter 1 from Signifying Nothing
  • Ranjan Roy, The Discovery of the Series Formula for Pi by Leibniz, Gregory and Nilakantha (link removed by request)
  • Pierre Wantzel, Recherches sur le moyen de reconnaitre si un Probleme de Geometrie peut se resoudre avec le regle et le compas (Research on the way of finding if a Geometric Problem can be solved with the ruler and compass)
  • Karl Weierstrass, On Continuous Functions of a Real Argument that do not have a Well-defined Differential Quotient
  • Eugene Wigner, The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences