Ideas of Calculus in Islam and India

Mondays at 6:30 pm ET (New York)
July 11, 18, 25
August 1

(in person/online)


This four-session minicourse on the history of math will examine two brilliant precursors to calculus that were developed outside of Europe long before Newton and Leibniz.  We’ll spend two sessions on Ibn al-Haytham’s work on sums of integer powers (in tenth-century Egypt) and two sessions on Madhava’s work on trigonometric series (in fourteenth-century India).

Prerequisites: some familiarity with calculus would be helpful, but the only essential requirement is comfort with high school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.  We will closely follow the article “Ideas of Calculus in Islam and India” by Victor J. Katz.

Steve is a Professor of Mathematics from Cornell University and an award-winning mathematician who will bring to the MoMath audience his unique brand of mathematical discourse, as featured in the New York Times blog and several popular books, including New York Times bestseller Infinite Powers.

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