Einstein and Leisureguy's (Michael Han) grandson. Posted March 23, 2007.
Maximum 5-Page Timeline
Create an attractive and professional historical timeline that explores the interesting and important breakthroughs. Be sure that the timeline is in your own words and includes important contributions from diverse scientists or mathematicians as well as interesting pictures. Approximate dates can be noted as ~1762 or by a range of dates, such as 1700-1800. A maximum of five-pages will be allowed. The result should be an in depth exploration of the history of the specific topic - not the history of all of linear algebra.
Use many different types of sources, including scholarly references and library sources. 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 came from, etc. Use as many pages as you need for the annotated bibliography.
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. Wikipedia's history pages can also be useful.
General history of mathematics books, as well as specific books and articles
contain related information, like:
Bressoud, David. The Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics. Chantilly, VA: Teaching Company, 2008.
Crowe, Michael J.. "A History of Vector Analysis." 2002
Grattan-Guinness, Ivor, and Walter Ledermann. "Matrix Theory." In Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences. Edited by I. Grattan-Guinness. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
Katz, Victor. "Historical Ideas in Teaching Linear Algebra." In Learn from the Masters! Edited by Frank Swetz, John Fauvel, Otto Bekken, Bengt Johansson, and Victor Katz. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America, 1995.
Katz, Victor. A History of Mathematics. Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley, 2009.
Katz, Victor. "The History of Stokes' Theorem." Mathematics Magazine 52, no. 3 (1979).
Rosenfeld, B. A. A History of Non-Euclidean Geometry: Evolution of the Concept of a Geometric Space. New York: Springer, 1988 [for transformations]