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SMPT Lecture Series: Lecture No. 5 for 042015-012016

posted Oct 20, 2015, 2:19 PM by smpt cob   [ updated Oct 20, 2015, 2:44 PM ]

HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS STUDENTS' PRESENTATION

Group Name: VASSRK

Group Members: Valtio Cooper, Avriel Cartwright, Sasha Stuart, Shontia Hall, Rumeko Young, Kenneia Parker

Topic: Greek Trigonometry and Greek Mathematics

Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Time: 2-3 pm
Venue: Harry C. Moore Library Auditorium
 

Abstract

This presentation gives a concise account into the historical contributions made by the ancient Greeks in Mathematics. Some of the topics include: Early trigonometry, Eratosthenes of Cyrene, Ptolemy and Ptolemaic astronomy, and Diophantus of Alexandria and his place in algebra.

Many of the contributions of the ancient Greeks are still applied today in various branches of Mathematics including trigonometry, algebra, and number theory. Hipparchus of Bithynia is sometimes credited with the invention of trigonometry as he is the first person of whom there is documentary evidence for the systematic use of trigonometry. Diophantus of Alexandria devised methods which allow us to solve an equation involving two variables, which has numerous applications today in algebra and modern number theory. Eratosthenes of Cyrene, who made contributions to numerous fields beside Mathematics devised a systematic method to determine which numbers are prime, a method which is still used in modern number theory as well.

The above mentioned topics are several of the exciting topics that will be covered in the presentation. We hope to give the audience an insightful look into the contributions of these mathematicians to promote appreciation for the methods which we use today, as well as, inspire them to continue their studies in Mathematics, that they too may make contributions to this subject’s history.