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View Resource George Pólya: Life and Works

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland presents this comprehensive presentation on the works and life of George Pólya as part of their larger Mathematical Genealogy Project. Visitors can read a full biography in the MacTutor biography section as well as peruse quotations, select excerpts of his works, and consider those mathematical problems ...

View Resource The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive

Created and maintained by John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson of the University of St. Andrews, this site contains a cornucopia of materials related to the history of mathematics and well-known mathematicians through the ages. Users can start by clicking on the biography index and diving right into short biographies of noted mathematicians arranged alphabetically and chronologically. Moving...

View Resource Fermat's Last Theorem

This essay, from J.J. O'Connor and E.F. Robertson of the University of St. Andrews describes Fermat's theorem with links to mathematicians such as Sophie Germain, Legendre, Dirichlet, Shimura and Taniyama, etc., from its inception through Andrew Wiles' proof, with another web site and 17 references (books/articles).

View Resource The Trigonometric Functions

Linked essay sketching trigonometry from its beginnings out of the early correspondence between astronomy and mathematics through the 18th century, with 17 references (books/articles). Influential thinkers addressed here include Menelaus, Ptolemy, Rheticus, Cavalieri, Viète, De Moivre, and Cotes. Each name is linked to a brief biography and annotated bibliography about each person.

View Resource Non-Euclidean Geometry

From J. J. O'Connor and E. F. Robertson at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, this page covers Euclid's Elements through the end of the 1800's, with 23 references (books/articles). Each important name is a link to a brief biography and bibliography.

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