# NMAK15016U History of Mathematics 2 (Hist2)

MSc Programme in Mathematics

**History of Analysis**

The course will deal with the foundations of analysis starting with Newton's fluxions and Leibniz' differentials over Euler's formal calculations with zeroes and his bold manipulations with infinite series and Lagrange's definition of the derivative using Taylor-series to Cauchy's and Weierstrass' epsilon delta analysis. In order to understand this development we will also discuss more technical subjects such as Fourier's theory of Fourier-series and Riemann's theory of integration. At the end of the course we may have time to discuss a special theme such as complex function theory or differential equations. As far as possible we will study the original sources as well as the latest historical analyses of the development. In particular we will take up hotly debated questions such as: What did infinitesimals mean to e.g. Leibniz and Cauchy and can non-standard analysis help us discuss this question? Did Cauchy plagiarize Bolzano? Can Lakatos' philosophy of mathematics be used to understand the development of concepts such as uniform convergence?

Students are required to take an active part and give seminars.

During the course the student will learn to investigate the history of a piece of mathematics, to analyze a mathematical text from the past, and to use the history of mathematics as a background for reflections on philosophical and sociological questions regarding mathematics. Moreover the course will give the students a more mature view on the mathematical subject in question. The course will be particularly relevant for students who aim for a career in the gymnasium (high school) but all mathematics students can benefit from it.

Knowledge:

After having completed the course, the student will have a rather
deep knowledge of the history of mathematical analysis from 1660 to
1900 and about the historiographical questions related to this
history

Skills:

After having completed the course the student will be able to

1. Read a mathematical text on elementary analysis from the period
1660 to 1900 (in translation if necessary.

2. Find primary and secondary literature on the subject of the
course.

Competences:

After having completed the course the student will be able to

1. Communicate orally as well as in written form about the selected
topic from the history of mathematics (history of analysis).

2. Analyse a primary historical text (if necessary in
translation) within the subject of the course.

3. Analyse, evaluate and discuss a secondary historical text on the
subject of the course.

4. Use the historical topic of the course in connection
with mathematics teaching and more generally reflect on the
development of the selected topic.

5. Place a concrete piece of mathematics from the selected topic in
its historical context.

6. Independently formulate and analyze historical questions within
a wide field of the history of mathematics.

7. Use the history of mathematics as a background for reflections
about the philosophical and social status of mathematics.

8. Use modern historiographical methods to analyze problems in the
history of mathematics.

Primary sources (mostly in English translations) and secondary papers.

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- Credit
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 30 minutes30 minutes oral exam with 30 minutes preparation time. The student will start the exam by giving a 10 minutes version of the seminar presentation.
- Exam registration requirements
In order to qualify for the exam the student must give a 1½ hour seminar presentation during the course and prepare written materials about the subject of the seminar for the use of the other students.

- Aid
- Only certain aids allowed
During the 30 minutes preparation time all aids are permitted. During the exam itself the student is allowed to consult a note with at most 20 words. Other aids are not permitted.

- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
- Re-exam
Same as ordinary exam. If the student has not presented the required seminar, he or she must hand in a 20 page written presentation of one of the seminar questions no later than three weeks before the beginning of the re-exam week.

##### Criteria for exam assesment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.

- Category
- Hours
- Lectures
- 28
- Theory exercises
- 28
- Preparation
- 149
- Exam
- 1
- Total
- 206

### Course information

- Language
- English
- Course code
- NMAK15016U
- Credit
- 7,5 ECTS
- Level
- Full Degree Master
- Duration
- 1 block
- Placement
- Block 2
- Schedule
- C
- Course capacity
- No limit
- Continuing and further education
- Study board
- Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science

##### Contracting department

- Department of Mathematical Sciences

##### Course Coordinators

- Jesper Lützen (6-7f88878d7881538074877b417e8841777e)