Without setting strict prerequisites, we assume that this course is not the student's first ever confrontation with history of mathematics. The first weeks will be devoted to students (re)reading their favorite among the better introductory textbooks (D.J. Struik, M. Kline, I. Grattan-Guinness). Having established common ground in that way, we will continue lectures and seminars based on the literature under Lecture Notes/Literature.
Aim of the course
Students acquire a firm knowledge of the history and philosophy of mathematics. They will recognize the various views on modern mathematics in its cultural context.
Through the experience of thinking along the lines of different disciplines (i.c. history, philosophy), students of mathematics get the habit of making their own discipline the subject of reflection in a systematic way.
Gerard Alberts and Danny Beckers