History of Science


Course Objective

Students acquire knowledge about some historical ways of doing
mathematics (procedures and proofs). Students acquire a general overview
of the history of the role of mathematics in western culture. Students
acquire insight in the influence of society on the development of
mathematics, as well as the values that accompany the use of mathematics
in several fields. Thereby students will be better equipped to reflect
on their subject of study.

Course Content

Various subjects from the history of mathematics are treated
chronologically. Every lecture a historical mathematical fact or
procedure will be treated in the context of its time. Changing values
and their effect on the (use of) mathematics are discussed.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and assignments.

Method of Assessment

Final written exam.

The assignments may lead to one bonus point, if all assignments are
handed in and their average grade is 6 or more.


Texts will be made available through Canvas.

Target Audience

Bachelor Business Analytics and Bachelor Mathematics, Year 3

Additional Information

More information to be obtained through the course coordinator: dr. D.J.
(Danny) Beckers, FEW-AV, De Boelelaan 1081, FEW-U252, d.j.beckers@vu.nl

Explanation Canvas

All info about the course, including when to prepare what, and optional
extras, may be found on the Canvas site of the course, under "Modules".

General Information

Course Code X_400652
Credits 3 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. D.J. Beckers
Examiner dr. D.J. Beckers
Teaching Staff dr. D.J. Beckers

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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