27 Sep 2010
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
470 Stephens Hall
The aim of this talk is to discuss what Mathematical Modernity in the 17th century means. Is it possible to fully understand the modern beginnings of mathematics without taking into account the contributions of mathematicians between 9th and 13th century, at least? To discuss this question, I shall examine Descartes’ projects in his La Géométrie, some writings of Fermat in Algebraic Geometry as well as those of Khayyam (1048-1131) and Ibn al-Haytham (died after 1040).
Additional sponsorship comes from: Office for the History of Science and Technology