The History of Mathematics

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Online Talks and Podcasts

  • The Story of Maths - The history of mathematics from ancient times to the present day. Narrated by Oxford mathematics professor Marcus du Sautoy, the series covers the seminal moments and people in the development of maths.  Episode 1    Episode 2    Episode 3    Episode 4      Book

  • A Brief History of Mathematics - Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. Ten fifteen minute podcasts that reveal the personalities behind the calculations from Newton to the present day. How do these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world? - Free BBC Podcast

  • A Tribute to Euler (You tube) by William Dunham - Click here

  • Black Heroes of Mathematics - An Inspirational Talk

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Books on Mathematicians

  • 64 Geeks - Meet the brains who changed the world from Aristotle to Zuckerberg

  • Newton - The Making of a Genius - A biography of the great man.

  • The Man Who Loved Only Numbers - A biography of a mathematical genius. Paul Erdos was the most prolific pure mathematician in history and, arguably, the strangest too. 

  • A Beautiful Mind - The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar .

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Books on the Development of Mathematical Ideas

  • Wonders Beyond Numbers - A brief history of all things mathematical in a clear, readable informative format by Johnny Ball

  • 50 Mathematical Ideas - By exploring the subject through its 50 key insights from the simple (the number one) and the subtle (the invention of zero) to the sophisticated (proving Fermat's last theorem) this book shows how mathematics has changed the way we look at the world around us.

  • e = mc2 - A biography of the World's most famous equation by David Bodanis.

  • The Math Book - Its 250 short entries provide a veritable history of mathematics by focusing on its greatest theorems and the geniuses who discovered them by Clifford Pickover. 

  • Superb Timeline of Mathematicians and a brief outline of what they are famous for - Click here

  • The Story of Mathematics - brief online exploration of the development of Mathematics and the Mathematicians involved - Click here