Process

Step one:  Research the history of geometry. Include information from the following major areas:

Use these links to help with your research

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_geometry

http://www.umassd.edu/scrmp/files-conference/2005_conf_materials/article_history_geometry.pdf

http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Geom/his.html

http://library.thinkquest.org/C006354/history.html

http://members.aol.com/bbyars1/contents.html

http://www.geometryalgorithms.com/history.htm

http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761569706_6/Geometry.html

Step two: Create the timeline.  Be sure to include 25-50 clearly labeled dates with detailed descriptions.

Timelines are a great way to visually present historical information. A timeline may be either relative—that is, locating related events relative to each other—or absolute —locating these events to specific dates in a chronological order.

There are a few different types of timelines. The ones you are probably most familiar with are vertical and horizontal. You can use whichever type of timeline you feel is most appropriate.

Here are some links to help create timelines:

http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/timelines/

http://www3.canisius.edu/~emeryg/time.html

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/timeline/

http://www.edhelper.com/timelines.htm

http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Timelines/index.html

 

Step three: Select one famous mathematician from geometry history and write a minimum 500 word essay. Include a short biography and major contributions to the study of geometry.

Here are some links to help with your biography:

http://www.iranchamber.com/podium/history/030812_varahamihira_iranic_astronomer.php

http://www.iep.utm.edu/t/thales.htm

http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Thales.html

http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Pythagoras.html

http://www.cut-the-knot.org/pythagoras/index.shtml

http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/Pythagoras.html

http://www2.andrews.edu/~calkins/math/biograph/biopytha.htm

http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Euclid.html  

http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/java/elements/elements.html

 

http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/Euclid.html

 

http://www.mcs.drexel.edu/~crorres/Archimedes/contents.html

 

http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Archimedes.html

 

http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/Archimedes.html

 

 

 

 

Step four: Present timeline and biographical information to the class.

You may present in any form you like. Examples would include powerpoint, posters, dramatic presentations, portfolio, etc.