Give your students the opportunity to step in the shoes of a historical mathematician and consider the same questions that had them stumped for generations. This activity guides you through helping students consider some of the most famous paradoxes in math history.
To lend a more tangible and concrete view to the uses of mathematics throughout historical cultures, architecture is a great lens to look through. These lesson plans provide activities for students to use their knowledge of volume, perimeter and more in the ways many historical cultures did – to design and create architecture for government structures.
This website is a godsend for quickly researching the contributions of nearly every culture in the world to mathematics. It contains links to well-organized ancient math history and is neatly sorted by culture.
For the young – or young at heart – student, this 7-minute, highly entertaining video explains the contributions of cultures around the world to mathematical understanding in the form of a fun cartoon.
Is incorporating the history of mathematics even necessary? Using a Singapore classroom as the research site, this study explains why incorporating the history of mathematics into your math courses is not only interesting but also helps create better math students.