MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive

Free! MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive is a comprehensive database comprised of biographies, time lines, and archives of mathematical information. To access the content, users should the menu on the left to navigate the website. The “Biographies Index” option includes life histories of famous mathematicians and the biographies are organized alphabetically. The “History Topics Index” option provides information about mathematical contributions made by multiple cultures and also histories of mathematical topics, such as algebra, geometry, physics and more! The “Famous Curve Index” option provides equations and information pertaining to different curves that can be graphed. The “Mathematicians of the Day”…

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MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive: A Resource for the Math Classroom

Summary : Learn the History behind Math!

MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive is a comprehensive database comprised of biographies, time lines, and archives of mathematical information. To access the content, users should the menu on the left to navigate the website. The “Biographies Index” option includes life histories of famous mathematicians and the biographies are organized alphabetically. The “History Topics Index” option provides information about mathematical contributions made by multiple cultures and also histories of mathematical topics, such as algebra, geometry, physics and more! The “Famous Curve Index” option provides equations and information pertaining to different curves that can be graphed. The “Mathematicians of the Day” option includes a list of mathematicians who were born or died on this day along with a daily theorem and quote.

Please Note: Additional information is available on this website that exceeds the scope of this review. If interested, we encourage users to view the “Recent Changes” listed on the main website for updates about its content.

Instructional Ideas

  1. At the beginning of the year, teachers can introduce students to a mathematical topic by having them read about it in the History Topics” index. Students can click on a topic in this index and record important facts, keywords, and historical moments related to that topic. After doing so, teachers can have students share the information they found in small groups. Finally, teachers can ask the small groups to agree on the most important three pieces of information and share that with the class. After all groups share, teachers can add any additional information.
  2. As a bell ringer, teachers can have students read about a mathematician listed on the “Mathematicians of the Day” option. Students can then summarize the mathematician’s contributions in 1-3 sentences and then share their summaries in a whole-class discussion.
  3. When studying a curve on a graph, students can learn about it further in the “Famous Curve Index” option. Students can view the equation that relates to the curve they are graphing and read the history regarding how the curve and equation were discovered.
  4. If assigned a research topic, students can consult this website for information. Students may find the “Chronology Index” useful in that it provides a timeline of mathematical discoveries!
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