Christopher Hollings
(CAUL)
27/04/2006
University of York, Reino Unido
A Discontinuous History of Mathematics
The history of mathematics is a very long story, stretching back to the beginnings of civilisation. The mathematics of the truly ancient civilisations, such as the Sumerians, the Babylonians and the Egyptians, to name but a few, tended to be rather practical in nature. I will therefore start the story with the birth of the first pure mathematics in ancient Greece. From there, my (rather ambitious) intention is to cover the entire history of mathematics in an hour. Of course, this seminar cannot be comprehensive, so I hope to tell the story of mathematics via a sequence of snapshots down the centuries, before bringing us finally to the present day. 
