1. I am best remembered for my work in number theory. The proof of my last theorem wasn’t finished until nearly three hundred thirty years after my death. 2. One of my famous quotes is “If I have seen farther, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” 3. I incorporated a magic square in my painting “Melancholia.” The magic square also contains the 1514, the year I created the painting. 4. I am a young French mathematician who knew I was about to be killed in a duel. Legend says that I stayed up all night trying to write down all the math I had created, but never published. Much of my great work has been lost. 5. I worked on mathematics during the third century and am best known for my work on number theory. I wrote a book entitled “Arithmetica.” 6. I wrote a book entitled “The Elements” on which high school geometry is based. I am sometimes known as “The Father of Geometry.” 7. I was an ancient mathematician who asked that my grave be marked with a sphere inscribed in a cylinder. 8. I am the man who popularized the use of the tall ‘S’ as a symbol for the integral in calculus. 9. In 1820, I designed a “difference engine” to calculate and print multiplication tables. The engine failed only because parts of could not be maintained precisely enough. 10. I am best remembered for a certain sequence of numbers. The sequence can be found in nature, architecture, and even great paintings. 11. I was a Greek woman who enjoyed studying mathematics. I was killed by a mob possibly at the instigation of Cyril of Alexandria. I was the first known female mathematician. 12. I became very bitter in my later years over a controversy with Leibniz over which of us discovered calculus first. I believed he stole my ideas and published them. 13. I loved working with levers and am quoted as saying “Give me a place to stand and I will move the Earth.” 14. I am an American president who developed an original proof for the Pythagorean Theorem while I was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. 15. I am a French mathematician who was asked by Queen Christina to come to Sweden to tutor her in math. All my life I slept late – in fact, some say I made a great discovery while watching a fly go across the ceiling. 16. About 200 BC, I described the graceful curves that could be made by a plane surface intersecting the lateral surface of a cone. The series of books that contain my descriptions is called Conics. 17. I founded a philosophical and religious school. My followers and I believed that everything in the universe could be reduced to some numerical relationship. 18. I was the teacher of Isaac Newton. I resigned a very prestigious position in the mathematics department at the University of Cambridge in favor of my student. 19. I did serve as a cavalryman, but had to resign because of nearsightedness. I solved important calculus problems. 20. We are a famous Swiss family who dominated the fields of math & science in the 17th and 18th centuries. Our family included many famous and distinguished mathematicians including Jacob, Johann, and Nicolaus. 1. I am best remembered for my work in number theory. The proof of my last theorem wasn’t finished until nearly three hundred thirty years after my death. (Fermat) 2. One of my famous quotes is “If I have seen farther, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” (Newton) 3. I incorporated a magic square in my painting “Melencolia.” The magic square also contains the 1514, the year I created the painting. (Durer) 4. I am a young French mathematician who knew I was about to be killed in a duel. Legend says that I stayed up all night trying to write down all the math I had created, but never published. Much of my great work has been lost. (Galois) 5. I worked on mathematics during the third century and am best known for my work on number theory. I wrote a book entitled “Arithmetica.” (Diophantus) 6. I wrote a book entitled “The Elements” on which high school geometry is based. I am sometimes known as “The Father of Geometry.” (Euclid) 7. I was an ancient mathematician who asked that my grave be marked with a sphere inscribed in a cylinder. (Archimedes) 8. I am the man who popularized the use of the tall ‘S’ as a symbol for the integral in calculus. (Leibniz) 9. In 1820, I designed a “difference engine” to calculate and print multiplication tables. The engine failed only because parts of could not be maintained precisely enough. (Babbage) 10. I am best remembered for a certain sequence of numbers. The sequence can be found in nature, architecture, and even great paintings. (Fibonacci) 11. I was a Greek woman who enjoyed studying mathematics. I was killed by a mob possibly at the instigation of Cyril of Alexandria. I was the first known female mathematicia. (Hypatia) 12. I became very bitter in my later years over a controversy with Leibniz over which of us discovered calculus first. I believed he stole my ideas and published them. (Newton) 13. I loved working with levers and am quoted as saying “Give me a place to stand and I will move the Earth.” (Archimedes) 14. I am an American president who developed an original proof for the Pythagorean Theorem while I was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. (James Garfield) 15. I am a French mathematician who was asked by Queen Christina to come to Sweden to tutor her in math. All my life I slept late – in fact, some say I made a great discovery while watching a fly go across the ceiling. (Descartes) 16. About 200 BC, I described the graceful curves that could be made by a plane surface intersecting the lateral surface of a cone. The series of books that contain my descriptions is called Conics. (Apollonius) 17. I founded a philosophical and religious school. My followers and I believed that everything in the universe could be reduced to some numerical relationship. (Pythagoras) 18. I was the teacher of Isaac Newton. I resigned a very prestigious position in the mathematics department at the University of Cambridge in favor of my student. (Isaac Barrow) 19. I did serve as a cavalryman, but had to resign because of nearsightedness. I solved important calculus problems. (L’Hopital) 20. We are a famous Swiss family who dominated the fields of math & science in the 17th and 18th centuries. Our family included many famous and distinguished mathematicians including Jacob, Johann, and Nicolaus. (Bernoulli) Apollonius Archimedes Charles Babbage Daniel Bernoulli René Descartes Diophantus Albrecht Dürer Euclid Pierre Fermat Leonardo Pisano Évariste Galois James Garfield Hypatia Gottfried Leibniz Guillaume de L'Hopital Isaac Newton Pythagoras Leonhard Euler John Nash Galileo Galilei Aristotle Leonhard Euler Blaise Pascal Mary Lucy Cartwright Eratosthenes Ada Lovelace Carl Friedrich Gauss Grace Hopper Ptolemy Albert Einstein Florence Nightingale Katherine Johnson Benjamin Banneker Famous Mathematician Webquest Where did math come from? Who invented math? What do famous Mathematicians have to do with the math we learn today? This webquest is going to help answer questions like these.ï¿½ By researching and learning about a famous mathematician you will have a better understanding of the beginnings of math and how it affects the math you learn today. Task You need to select a mathematician from the following list. If you would like to choose a mathematician not on this list, please check with me first. o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o Sir Isaac Newton Archimedes Leonhard Euler Hypatia Johm Nash Pythagoras Leonardo Pisanot Fibonacci Galileo Galilei Euclid of Alexandria Aristotle Leonhard Euler Blaise Pascal Carl Friedrich Gauss Grace Hopper Ptolemy Rene Descartes Charles Babbage Albert Einstein o o o o o Florence Nightingale Mary Lucy Cartwright Eratosthenes Ada Lovelace Pierre De Fermat 2. You must research your famous mathematician. 3. You must make a power point presentation. Include pictures to improve your power point presentation. The Power point presentation must have 6 slides divided into these 6 parts: Part 1 – Title Page 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Title Mathematician’s name Your name My name Dates of birth and death Part 2 – Childhood 1. 2. 3. 4. Where and when your mathematician was born Information about your mathematician as a child and about her/his family Her/his early education (Before college) How her/his childhood may have affected her/his math career Part 3 - Education 1. 2. 3. Where did your mathematician get her/his education as a young adult and also into adulthood What was her/his education like How did her/his education affect her/his math career Part 4 – Adult Life 1. 2. 3. How did your mathematician’s adult life include math What were some of her/his accomplishments in math Was your mathematician famous for anything outside of the world of math Part 5 – How The World Has Been Affected 1. 2. 3. How did your mathematician’s accomplishments affect other mathematicians Did she/he have any famous inventions or math formulas How did her/his work in math affect us today Part 6 – Cited Works Follow the process below to complete this assignment. 1. Use the internet to research your mathematician. Once you find a mathematician to research, make sure you can find enough information to complete this assignment. Important information to look for Dates of birth and death Place of birth and where your mathematician was raised Education Accomplishments that make this mathematician famous How this mathematician’s work affected other mathematicians How this mathematician’s work affects things today Did your mathematician have any famous inventions Famous quotes by your mathematician Anything else you find relevant, interesting, or important about your mathematician These are some good sites to use, but feel free to explore more sites on your own. Evaluation Your evaluation will be based on your power point presentation. See attached rubric. Rubric Beginning 1 Developing 2 Had very little information An attempt was made, but only some information was given Had some information A fair amount of information was given and accurate Had most of the information Most of the information was accurate and was given Had all of the information Accurate information was given Education An attempt was made, but only some information was given A fair amount of information was given and accurate Most of the information was accurate and was given Accurate information was given Adult Life An attempt was made, but only some information was given A fair amount of information was given and accurate Most of the information was accurate and was given Accurate information was given How the world was affected An attempt was made, but only some information was given Had very little properly cited works Some pictures and animation were used and the look of the power point presentation was poor A fair amount of information was given and accurate Most of the information was accurate and was given Had most of the properly cited works Pictures and animation were used and the look of the power point presentation was good Accurate information was given Title Page Childhood Works Cited Use of pictures and animation Had some properly cited works Some pictures and animation were used and the look of the power point presentation was fair Accomplis Exemplary hed 4 3 Score Had all of the properly cited works Pictures and animation were used and the look of the power point presentation was excellent Conclusion Now that you have researched a mathematician you should not only have a better understanding of your mathematician, but you should also have a better understanding of where the math that we learn today came from. You will get to hear about many more mathematicians when we view your classmate’s presentations. Remember the skills you used in this webquest for future research projects and as you get older and take different math classes think about how they are influenced by the mathematicians you learned about in this project.