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February 19, 2007

Demand for history of geometry course

Jeremy Gray mentions that "well over a hundred" students elected each year to take his history of geometry course at the University of Warwick (2001-2004). Not just enrolled, but also "completed the course and reported positively on their experiences. . . Individually and collectively they demonstrated a hugely encouraging desire to grapple with difficult material." A remarkable testament to the professor, the course, and the university--especially when some major universities offer no math history courses at all.

Worlds Out of Nothing: A Course in the History of Geometry in the 19th Century. Springer undergraduate mathematics series. London: Springer, 2007. Mathematics Library QA443.5 .G73 2007 Link to MNCAT record