A History of Mathematics

‘A History of Mathematics’ explores the lifecycle of Mathematics from its beginnings from 20000 years ago to today. Why? Because mathematical knowledge and the ability to use it is the most important means of tackling quantifiable problems. It is essential in many fields, including art.

From 3000 BC the Mesopotamian states and Ancient Egypt began using arithmetic, algebra and geometry for taxation, trade and commerce purposes. They also used it to calculate patterns in nature, in the field of astronomy, for the recording of time and the formulation of calendars.

The scientific revolution brought an unprecedented increase in mathematical and scientific ideas across Europe. Building on the previous work of many predecessors, Isaac Newton brought together the concepts that are now known as calculus. At the same time, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz developed calculus and a large part of the calculus notation is still used today. Science and math had become an international endeavour that would soon spread around the world.

In modern times mathematics became increasingly abstract. The most notable trends are that the subject is growing ever larger, the application of mathematics to bioinformatics is rapidly expanding, and the volume of data being produced by science and industry, facilitated by computers, is explosively expanding.