History of Mathematics
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Matemaatika ajalugu
Course title in English
History of Mathematics
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Major. To provide students with background knowledge of the history of mathematics and the main phases of its development. The development and attempts at reforming school mathematics in Estonia are also considered.
Brief description of the course
The rise of mathematics among ancient peoples. Mathematics in ancient Egypt, Babylon and Greece. Mathematics in China, India and Islamic countries. Mathematics in Western and Central Europe in VIII- XV centuries. Mathematics in Western and Central Europe in XVI - XVIII centuries. The development of mathematical symbolism. Mathematics in XIX and XX centuries. Attempts at reforming school mathematics in XX century. The rise of Estonian school mathematics, mathematics literature and symbolism.
Independent work
Independent work (40 hours) will consist of working with the literature and lecture materials. Writing a report is also demanded.
Learning outcomes in the course
Knows facts of history of mathematics and is able to use literature in volume of the subject.
Assessment methods
Assessment is based on the academic report and an in-class test.
lekt. Ivar Porn
Study literature
Kärner, O.; Levin, A. 1982 Matemaatika ajaloo elemente I, Tallinn;
Kärner, O.; Levin, A. 1986 Matemaatika ajaloo elemente II, Tallinn;
Prinits, O. 1992 Eesti koolimatemaatika ajalugu I. Tartu;
Prinits, O. 1993 Eesti koolimatemaatika ajalugu II. Tartu;
Prinits, O. 1994 Eesti koolimatemaatika ajalugu III. Tartu;
Prinits, O. 1993 Eesti koolimatemaatika ajalugu IV. Tartu;
Andresen, L. 1995 Eesti kooli ajalugu. Tallinn "Avita".
Replacement literature
Stroik, D. J. 1969 Kratkii otšerk istorii matematiki. Moskva: Nauka;
Struik, D. J. 1963 Abriss der geschichte der mathematik. Berlin: Veb Deutsher Verlag der Wissenschaften;
Bolgarski 1979 Otserki po istorii matemaatiki. Minsk;
Tsistjakov 1966 Starinõje sadatshi. Minsk.