Two-Page Timeline, Presentation and Annotated References

[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/

You may work alone or with one other person.

**Two-Page Timeline**

Create an attractive and publication-quality historical timeline.
Provide as complete as possible a listing of the major discoveries or ideas
in the mathematical topic you have had approved by message on ASULearn
and present the listing in an attractive display. **A maximum of two pages
(not including references, which are as long as needed)
will be allowed** so that someone else can quickly read your timeline and
obtain a basic understanding of the events. The result should
be an in depth exploration of the important and interesting geometric
events in the history of a specific topic as related to geometry - not
the entire history. Be sure to include recent information or applications
related to your topic as well as contributions from diverse cultures and
civilizations.
Approximate dates can be noted as ~1762 or by a range of dates, such
as 1700-1800, or by notations like 18th century.

**Annotated Bibliography**

Use many different types of sources, including scholarly references
and library sources.
Submit an 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 came from,
etc. **Use as many pages as you need for the annotated bibliography**.

Turn in an electronic version of your timeline and references
in Adobe acrobat pdf format to ASULearn.
I will make these available to the rest of the class.

**Research Session Presentations**
The presentation sessions are similar to
research day at Appalachian, poster presentations at research conferences,
or science fairs.
Bring a printed version of the timeline and references
to class to post on the wall [I will bring
tape].
We will divide the class into two sessions (half the class will
stand next to the timeline as the other half examines them, and then we will
switch roles). During your
session, you must stand by your timeline to discuss your topic
and answer questions. If you work with another person, they will be in the
other session so you should be prepared to present the entire project.
When you are viewing other timelines, you will
conduct peer review:

1) Name of the person and the topic.

2) List the geometric topics in the project.

3) list the people and civilizations in the project.

4) List a few strengths of the project.

5) Provide suggestions for improvement for the timeline and bibliography.

6) Provide suggestions for improvement for the presentation.

7) How much time and effort does it look like they put into their
work, as compared to your own effort?

[2 = more than me, 1 = about the same as me, 0 = less than me]

8) What is your favorite part of their project?

9) Invent a question about the project. List the question and the
person's answer.

peer review and self evaluation

Overview of the project and a grading
rubric. rubric

Here is a
sample timeline from first
year seminar and a
sample timeline from linear algebra (both satisfied different criteria).

History of area

History of axiomatic systems

History of coordinate geometry

History of geometric constructions

History of geometric transformations

History of parallel postulate

History of perimeter and circumference

History of polyhedra

History of similarity

History of volume

Your topic will be approved on a first-come-first-served basis as a message to me on ASULearn. There is a maximum of 2 people per topic (you can work individually or together).

Dr. Thomley and I co-edited the Encyclopedia of mathematics and society Ipswich, Mass. : Salem Press, 2012, which is available online through the library as well as in print in the library or in my office. Many of the project topics are related to articles in the work.

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 and you can perform a site search there. 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 such as the Klein bottle. Other pages, such as Wikipedia's History of geometry can also be useful.

Some topic searches may yield many unrelated pages or be too general - like the history of area {which means a variety of notions in real-life} so modifying a search to look for more specific inforamtion - for example searching for a geometric object - might be helpful.

Similarly, the history of similarity might be too general a search. A modified search such as the history of "similar triangles" can be more productive and it leads to a mathematics history journal article Proportionality in Similar Triangles: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

As always, I am happy to help in office hours or on ASULearn.