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Guide to locating writings on the history of math in books and journals.
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OneSearch Options

  • Keyword search = finds items by, about, and mentioning your mathematician in the item description (or entire source in some cases).

  • Author/Creator search = finds items by/about your mathematician. Can use official name versions as described in Subject search below.

  • Subject search = finds items officially described (tagged) by a librarian as being about your mathematician. Uses 1 official version of each person's name, which often includes birth & death dates to differentiate them from anyone else with the same name. Can add additional information to narrow results. (ex. Blaise Pascal 1623-1662 -- Letters).

Search Tips

For a OneSearch keyword search, order of the mathematician's name doesn't matter. Order only matters if you do an exact phrase search using quotation marks.

Consider variant spellings of your mathematician's name. And note that library systems and U.S. keyboards don't always know how to use accent marks, so leave them out.

In the Books/Media catalog basic search, you can limit by Language in the left sidebar after you see results. You can limit before you search using the Advanced Search.

For reserve items, inquire at the Circulation Desk (main floor near west entrance). For most other items, A-K call numbers are on the 3rd floor and L-Z call numbers are on the 4th floor. Maps are provided on each floor near the main stairway.

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Recommended Rod Library Books/e-books

Dr. Haack recommends the following books/e-books. To allow all students access, note that those on reserve are available at the Rod Library Circulation Desk (main desk near west entrance) for 3-hour checkout only (or overnight if checked out less than 3 hours prior to library closing).

E-books are available on- and off-campus via the "Find Online" link provided (valid CatID required).

Note that source books as indicated on the syllabus are marked below.

Biographical Dictionary of Mathematicians - American Council of Learned Societies Staff (Editor)
Call Number: QA28 .B534 1991
Publication Date: 1991
Part of the Dictionary of Scientific Biography.

Classics of Mathematics - Calinger (Editor)
Call Number: QA21 .C55
Publication Date: 1982
**Source book**

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography - Gillispie
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2008

Dictionary of Scientific Biography - Gillispie
Call Number: Q141 .D5
Publication Date: 1970-1990
18 volumes

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God Created the Integers - Hawking (Editor)
Call Number: QA21 .G63 2005
Publication Date: 2005
**Source book**

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A History of Mathematics - Victor J. Katz
Call Number: QA21 .K33 1998 OR QA21 .K33 1993
Publication Date: 1998 or 1993

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A History of Mathematics - Jeff Suzuki
Call Number: QA21 .S975 2002
Publication Date: 2001

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A History of Mathematics - Carl B. Boyer; Uta C. Merzbach
Call Number: e-book OR QA21 .B767 1991
Publication Date: 2011 (e-book), 1991, 1989, or 1968 (print book)
For e-book, use link provided & choose "Find Online" from the library catalog. In the e-reader, use the "Read Online" option. CatID may be required.

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The History of Mathematics - David M. Burton
Call Number: QA21 .B96 2003 OR QA21 .B96 1991
Publication Date: 2003 or 1991

The History of Mathematics: A Reader - Fauvel & Gray (Eds.)
Call Number: QA21 .H57 1993
Publication Date: 1993, 1987
**Source book**

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An Introduction to the History of Mathematics - Howard W. Eves
Call Number: QA21 .E8 1990
Publication Date: 1990

A Source Book in Mathematics - Smith
Call Number: QC3 .S65
Publication Date: 1929
**Source book**


Questions to Consider

In-Class Activity:

Using the source(s) provided for your small group, briefly answer the following questions, Googling if necessary:

1. Where was this published (source, not geographic location)? [skip for groups with books]
2. What type of source is this?
3. Who is/are the author(s)? What are their credentials?
4. What would this source be useful for?

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