This course fits well in a Science & Education Master programme. However, this is NOT a general introduction into the history of mathematics. Participants investigate the emergence and the historical context of a number of subjects that populate modern highschool courses, such as: classical geometry, conics (synthetic as well as analytical), algebraical notations, early developments towards the calculus, the emergence of the function concept. Development of (Dutch) math education until the 19th century. Extra topics varying from year to year, e.g., higher dimensional geometry, emergence of abstract algebra, spherical trigonometry.
A significant part of the course consists of excercises and
assignments which have to be finished at home. At the end of the course, students write a paper on a research assignment.
We will also discuss journal papers on the use of history of
mathematics in the classroom. Every week, a team of students willpresent an introduction to an assigned paper, while another team will be charged with the task to challenge the views expressed in the paper.