Historical Mathematician Project
Project Due Date:
Introduction:

People throughout history have had a passion for mathematics.

You will use the Internet and other traditional sources to research historically significant mathematicians, write a paper, and creatively present research in class.
Student Project Guidelines:

PowerPoint Document: 710 slide research presentation that covers these areas:

Title Page

Early Life

Education and Mathematical work (including the effect on our world and thought)

Later Life

Bibliography of all sources used

Photo or drawing of the Mathematician

The research paper may include summaries of stories read in books.

Presentation: a 510 minute presentation.
Evaluation:

The PowerPoint document will be graded on neatness, sentence structure, spelling, grammar and completeness.

The presentation will be graded on creativity, visuals, content, length and clarity of speech.
Possible Resources:

Mathematicians: http://wwwgroups.dcs.stand.ac.uk/~history/

Women: http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm

Math Facts and Fun: http://www.windham.k12.me.us/thirdgrd/math.htm

Math Quotations: http://math.furman.edu/~mwoodard/mquot.html

Math Forum: http://forum.swarthmore.edu

WomenII: http://www.cs.yale.edu/HTML/YALE/CS/HyPlans/tap/pastwomen.html

Website relevant to the History of Mathematics: http://www.math.twsu.edu/faculty/richardson/

Biographies of Women Mathematicians site is: http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm

History of Mathematics Timeline http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/mathhist/time.html

AIMS Historical Figures Books: Volumes I, II, III: These books have lessons to do that relate to the mathematician.

Mathematicians Are People Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians, Volumes I and II
List of Possible Names to Research

Agnesi, Maria

Archimedes

Aristotle

al'Khwarizmi, Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa

Banneker, Benjamin

Banneker, Benjamin again

Bolyai, Janos

Carver, George Washington

Carver, George Washington again

Cavalieri, Bonaventura

Descartes, Rene

Drew, Charles Richard

du Chatelet, Gabrielle Emilie

Eratosthenes

Euclid

Euler, Leonhard

de Fermat, Pierre

Gauss, Carl Friedrich

Germain, Sophie

Granville, Evelyn Boyd

Gregory, James

Hopper, Grace

Hypatia

Hypatia again

Just, Ernest

Just, Ernest again

Khayyam, Omar

Kovalevsky, Sonya

Kowa, Seki

Latimer, Lewis Howard

Lovelace, Ada Byron

Lovelace, Ada Byron again

Matzeliger, Jan Ernst

Morgan, Garrett

Newton, Sir Issaac

Noether, Emmy

Nunez, Pedro

Pascal, Blaise

Pythagoras

Raman, Chandrasekhra Venkata

Ramanujan, Srinivasa

Russell, Bertrand

ShihChieh, Chu

Somerville, Mary Fairfax

Taniyama, Yutaka

Thales

Turing, Alan

Viete, Francois

Wallis, John

Woods, Granville T.

Young, Grace Chisholm
HISTORICAL MATHEMATICIAN PROJECT
TEACHER EVALUATION FORM Student Name: Historical Mathematician:
A. Presentation
Creativity (5) _____
Length (5) _____
Clarity of Speech(5) _____
B. PowerPoint Document
Title Page (10) _____
Early Life (10) _____
Education (10) _____
Mathematical Work (10) _____
Later Life (10) _____
Bibliography (10) _____
Photo or Drawing (10) _____
Spelling, grammer and sentence structure(15) _____
Total Score: ______
General Comments:
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