## MATH 3560 - History of Mathematics

**MATH 3560: History of Mathematics (UNSW)**. Taught by Professor N. J. Wildberger, this course provides an overview of the history of mathematics,
in 17 lectures; meant for a broad audience, not necessarily mathematics majors. Starting with Greek mathematics, Professor N. J. Wildberger discusses
Hindu, Chinese and Arabic influences on algebra; the development of coordinate geometry, calculus and mechanics; the course of geometry from projective to
non-Euclidean in the 19th century; complex numbers and algebra; differential geometry; and topology. This course roughly follows John Stillwell's book 'Mathematics and its History' (Springer, 3rd ed).

Lecture 11 - Mechanics and the Solar System |

The main historical problem in the history of science is to explain what is going on with the night sky, in particular what the planets are doing. The resolution of this was the greatest achievement of the 17th century. The key figures were Copernicus, Galileo, Brahe, Kepler and most famously Isaac Newton.

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