## Great Moments in Mathematics (before 1650)[V.1] Great moments in mathematics before 1650 is the product of a series of lectures on the history of mathematics given by Howard Eves. He presents here, in chronological order, 20 "great moments in mathematics before 1650," which can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys mathematics. These wonderful lectures could be used as the basis of a course on the history of mathematics, but can also serve as enrichment to any mathematics course. Included are lectures on the Pythagorean Theorem, Euclid's Elements, Archimedes (on the sphere), Diophantus, Omar Khayyam, and Fibonacci. |

### Contents

LECTURE TWO The greatest Egyptian pyramid | 8 |

LECTURE FOUR The first great theorem | 26 |

LECTURE FIVE Precipitation of the first crisis | 43 |

LECTURE SEVEN First steps in organizing mathematics | 62 |

LECTURE NINE The thinker and the thug | 83 |

LECTURE TEN A boost from astronomy | 96 |

LECTURE ELEVEN The first great number theorist | 110 |

LECTURE twelve The syncopation of algebra | 126 |

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