History of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Model of an ellipsoid, form the collection of historical geometric models.
Model of an ellipsoid, form the collection of historical geometric models.
Euler explains how to compute cubic roots (Berlin 1796), p. 185.
Euler explains how to compute cubic roots (Berlin 1796), p. 185.
Sofya Kovalevskaya calculating rotation of a solid around a fixed point in terms or theta functions.
Sofya Kovalevskaya calculating rotation of a solid around a fixed point in terms or theta functions.
Galileo Galilei's Compass.
Galileo Galilei's Compass.
Marcel Grossmann showing his friend Einstein the Riemann tensor.
Marcel Grossmann showing his friend Einstein the Riemann tensor.
Ptolemaios watches the world systems being weighed against each other.
Ptolemaios watches the world systems being weighed against each other.
Descartes' Mesolabum.
Descartes' Mesolabum.
Riemann surfaces illustrated in Felix Klein's lecture notes on elliptic functions (1883/84).
Riemann surfaces illustrated in Felix Klein's lecture notes on elliptic functions (1883/84).

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History of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences.

At the University of Mainz, the subject can be studied as a minor in the B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs in mathematics and physics. It is also a component of the M.Ed. program in mathematics.

 

Image credits:
- Photo: Thomas Hartmann
- Leonhard Eulers vollständige Anleitung zur niedern und höhern Algebra nach der französischen Ausgabe des Herrn de la Grange mit Anmerkungen und Zusätzen herausgegeben von Johann Philipp Grüson. Berlin, 1796.
- Institut Mittag-Leffler, Stockholm.
- Galileo Galilei, Edizione Nazionale, Vol. .
- Einstein Archives, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; and Claudia Graf-Grossmann.
- Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Almagestum novum, astronomiam veterem novamque complectens, observationibus aliorum, et propriis novisque theorematibus, problematibus ac tabulis promotam, in tres tomos distributam [... Tomus primus.] Bononiae, ex typographia haeredis Victorij Benatij, 1651. Frontispiece.
- Descartes, La Géométrie, Facsimile of the 1st Edition 1637 (Chicago, London: Open Court, 1925).
- Felix Klein, Vorlesungen über die Theorie der Elliptischen Functionen. Gehalten in Leipzig, WS1883-4 (Abschrift des dem Hrn Prof. Klein gehörigen Heftes). Notes in the possession of David E. Rowe.