Teacher's Guide

MATH: History of Mathematics

Mathematicians Through History

Mathematicians have been changing the history of the world since the Babylonians invented the abacus in the fourth century B.C. The Internet offers great resources to learn about famous mathematicians and math inventors. Start with the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive. Here you'll find an overview of math history from 2000 B.C. to modern mathematical thinking. The site also includes a detailed chronology of math throughout history, as well as biographies of math pioneers and inventors.

You can also learn about the inventors who pioneered and perfected calculating machines. One such inventor was Ada Byron Lovelace, a pioneering female mathematician whose work was vital to Charles Babbage's development of the first "analytical engine" — the forerunner of the modern-day computer. You can read about Ada and other pioneering female mathematicians at the Women Mathematicians site, courtesy of Agnes Scott College.

Tour Itinerary

MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive

Calculating Machines

Biographies of Women Mathematicians