[Isaac Newton in a Letter to Robert Hooke, dated 5 February 1675]

Einstein and Leisureguy's (Michael Han) grandson. Posted
March 23, 2007.

http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2007/03/23/on-the-shoulders-of-giants/

In order to give you an idea of some possibilities, here are a couple of samples timelines: Leonardo Davinci's Mathematics and the The Mathematics, Science and Psychology of Video Games (from another class with somewhat different criteria).

Your research may take the form of topics in the book that we did not cover, further examination of something we did, or something else related to mathematics. I encourage you to be creative and find a topic that relates to mathematics that you are interested in. One possibility would be to explore the role that mathematics plays in your profession, with the historical timeline connected to the mathematics. Another possibility is to choose a mathematical topic, like the concept of zero, or a mathematician. I am happy to give you some suggestions of topics related to your personal interests.

Your final project will be graded based on the depth, clarity, professionalism, and creativity of the explanations and mathematical connections in

- your abstract (like a commercial or advertisement for your talk) presented orally in 1-2 minutes on our last day of class
- your timeline and presentation during the final exam day.
**Maximum of two pages**. - peer and self-evaluations that you will fill out that day
- an annotated bibliography list.
Use many different types of sources, including scholarly references and
library sources, as well as at least one book from the library or my office.
Submit a separate annotated bibliography of all of the
sources you used in the timeline, with annotations explaining how you used
each reference in your timeline, where the pictures are originally from,
whether the source is a scholarly reference, and how you obtained the reference
(library, web, my office...)
**Use as many pages as you need for the annotated bibliography.**

We will divide up the class into two research sessions. During your session, you must stand by your timeline and annotated bibliography (which will be taped to the wall) to answer questions (and your answers must demonstrate expertise of your topic). During the other session, you will talk to others about their projects and fill out peer review sheets. If you work on your project with someone else, you will each be in different research sessions.

As per the syllabus, participation in the final project is mandatory to pass the class.

More general searches can also result in interesting perspectives, such as:

**Websites:**
Websites such as the
MacTutor History of
Mathematics archive (O'Connor and Robertson, 2005)
provide an
extensive collection of articles on particular people and topics.
The
Earliest Known Uses of
Some of the Words of Mathematics (Miller, J, 2008)
can provide history on the development as well as the first published
appearance of terms. Wikipedia's history pages and Google scholar
can also be useful.