History of Mathematics
Resources on the Web
American Mathematical Society’s e- MATH (http://ams.org/)
The American Mathematical Society’s resource for delivering electronic products
and services to mathematicians now has electronic versions of all primary AMS
journals with full-text searching across all journals beginning January 1996 —
articles may be downloaded in a variety of formats — you may also get a demo of
MathSciNet, the online version of “Mathematical Reviews,” which is now
available at HSU.
British Society for the History of Mathematics (http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/bshm/)
Its goals are to “promote research into the history of mathematics and its use at all
levels of mathematics education.” Has a link to the Society’s file of brief abstracts
of papers published in books and journals since 1991.
Charles Babbage Institute Home Page (http://www.cbi.umn.edu/)
A research center at the University of Minnesota dedicated to promoting the study
and preservation of the history of information processing. Includes an oral history
History of Computing (http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/)
The initiation of a collection of materials related to the history of computing.
History of Mathematics (http://www.maths.tcd.ie/pub/HistMath/HistMath.html)
WWW pages on 17th and early 18th century mathematicians.
History of Mathematics
An excellent way to begin researching the history of math. Has lists of Web
resources, a clickable map of regional mathematics, a chronology of
mathematicians, a clickable timeline, etc.
History of Science Museum in Florence, Italy (http://galileo.imss.firenze.it/)
In Italian and English.
Humboldt State University Department of Mathematics
Has several links to mathematics resources on the web, including some in the
history of mathematics.
Library of Congress Exhibition on Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library & Renaissance
Culture – Mathematics (http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/vatican/math.html)
An exhibit showing that the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries
had its foundation in Greek mathematics.
MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
Contains the biographies of more than 1000 mathematicians as well as photos of
approximately 500 mathematicians — even has a link to a birthplace map.
Math Forum Internet Resource Collection on Math History
A collection of links to resources on the history of mathematics, such as the
Vatican Exhibit materials on ancient mathematics; Fermat’s last theorem; a paper
written by George Boole in 1848; etc. — annotated version is especially useful
because there are excellent summaries of what the sites contain.
Mathematical Association of America (http://www.maa.org/)
The world’s largest organization devoted to the promotion of collegiate
Mathematical Quotations Server (http://math.furman.edu/~mwoodard/mquot.html)
A collection of mathematical quotations from many sources. May be searched by
Mathematicians of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Accounts of the lives and works of mathematicians of the seventeenth and first
half of the eighteenth century, adapted from “A Short Account of the History of
Mathematics” by W. W. Rouse Ball (4th edition, 1908).
You can search a collection of over 90,000 documents on English-language
mathematics and statistics servers across the Web! Most of the documents deal
with research level and university mathematics.
Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University
Covers almost all aspects of the history of science, from antiquity to the early
twentieth century — particularly strong in their collection of scientific instruments,
including early mathematical instruments — currently has “virtual exhibitions”
entitled “The Measurers: A Flemish Image of Mathematics in the Sixteenth
Century” and “The Geometry of War, 1500-1750.”