Choose a partner and then pick one of the following mathematicians by turning in a piece of paper with you and your partner's name and the name of the mathematician: (first come-first served).
Prepare a 15 minute presentation (Nov 16, 18 or 23rd) using the presentation checklist, and paper (due Nov 23rd at 6pm) using the paper checklist. There will be no revisions on this paper, so I strongly encourage you to bring rough drafts into office hours to discuss your paper with me, since this will count as 2 labs. I'll give you material to help start on the math. You are expected to research the life and work via books and the web (see below).
Maria Agnesi (1718-1799) The witch of Agnesi
David Blackwell (1919-) Game Theory
Euler (1707-1783) 2^n+1 is not always prime when n is a power of 2.
Euclid (~325 BC-265 BC) Euclid's Postulates for Euclidean Geometry
Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) Non-Euclidean Geometry
Sophie Germain (1776-1831) Fermat's Last Theorem and Sophie Germain primes
Carolyn Gordon - Can you hear the shape of a drum?
Evelyn Boyd Granville (1924-) The complex plane
Dr. Sarah (1969-) Turning basketballs into footballs
Sonya Kovalevsky (1850-1891) Kovalevsky top
Cathleen Morawetz (1923-) Shock waves
Frank Morgan - Soap bubble geometry
Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Fullani al-Kishnawi (-1741) Magic squares
Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) Estimating the number of primes less than a given number
Mary Ellen Rudin (1924-) Topology: Why a basketball is the same as a football