Description
HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN CALCULUS
** available as of 06/30/2021
This seminar explores historical, cultural and philosophical questions concerning the history of the calculus. These questions include: Indivisibles quantities vs. infinitesimal quantities, the problem of tangents, fluxions vs. differentials, analysis/synthesis, limits/ integration, discovery/ emergence/ justification in mathematics, the roots of modern mathematics in ancient classical Greek culture, the cultural significance of modern mathematics and the evolution of the disciplinary boundaries that define the structure of science and the way it is taught and practiced in the modern universities. No prerequisites.
Details
Grading Basis
Grad LG/SNC Basis
Units
3
Offering
Course
HPS 2410
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
History & Philosophy of Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus