2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CMATH 3001 Mathematics in Context

In this course we focus on the rich historical connections between mathematics and the social context in which it developed, with a focus on the fact that non-Western cultures and mathematicians have made essential, significant contributions to the development of mathematics throughout human history. Examples from a variety of historical periods are considered along with the work of key mathematicians and the problems that captured their interest. By doing mathematics through an historical lens, students gain an appreciation for mathematics as a human endeavor and a greater ability to think critically about the development of new mathematical knowledge.  This course had been approved as a “Global Perspectives” course.




3 credits of CMATH course numbered 1500 or higher