Subject: History of Mathematics

Scientific Area:

Scientific, Cultural, Social and Ethical Formation


80 Hours

Number of ECTS:

7,5 ECTS



Overall objectives:

1 - The main objective of this course is, through a chronological overview of the evolution of Mathematics and the exploration of some examples:
1.1 - To acquire an understanding of some of the great questions in Mathematics in the XXth century,
1.2 - To acquire an understanding of the points of view adopted in their solution.


1 - Mathematics in Antiquity: Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Greeks. Hindu and Chinese traditions.
2 - The Arabs and Europe's Middle Ages.
3 - The Renaissance.
4 - The XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.
5 - The XIXth Century.
6 - The XXth century.


Dirk Struik , 1997 , História Concisa das Matemáticas , Gradiva
C. Boyer , 1968 , Historia de la Matematica , Alianza Editorial
N. Bourbaki , 1974 , Eléments d´Histoire des Mathématiques , Hermann, Paris

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
"Lectures. Discussion and solving problems, which promotes the active participation of students. The evaluation is done through the realization of two tests (50%+50%). Additionally, we encourage the participation of the students. The active participation of students can increase the final evaluation up to one value. In a second season of exams, if necessary the students can recover the note from one of the tests or, alternatively, the complete exam. "