by Ed Talbott, San Pasqual High School

This Webquest provides students with the opportunity to research famous mathematicians and their contributions to the field of mathematics. Students work in groups to conduct research, create a class presentation and write a paper summarizing their findings.

## Introduction

Your high school has decided to rename the school after a mathematician. You and your team have been asked to research a famous mathematician and present the information to a re-naming committee. You will work together with a team of three of four people to try to get your mathematician nominated. There are several sites included in this Web quest that contain biographies of famous mathematicians throughout history. These biographies contain information about each mathematician. The committee will base their choice on the mathematicians biographical information and mathematical accomplishments. Your team should also research the historical events of that time period to give the committee a sense of what life was like during that mathematicians lifetime. Good Luck!

You may choose your mathematician from the list below:

Thales

Pythagoras

Archimedes

Hypatia

John Napier

Galileo Galilei

Blaise Pascal

Isaac Newton

Leonhard Euler

Joseph Louis Lagrange

Sophie Germain

Carl Gauss

Evariste Galois

Emmy Noether

Srinivasa Ramanujan

Euclid

Omar Khayyam

Leonard de Pisa (Fibonacci)

Girolama Cardano

Rene Descartes

Pierre de Fermat

Maria Agnesi

Benjamin Banneker

Charles Babbage

Mary Somerville

Neils Abel

Ada Lovelace

Sonya Kovalevsky

Albert Einstein

George Polya