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History of Mathematics

Module MA8014

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Mathematics.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

MA8014 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
60 h 30 h 2 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Mathematics in early civilisations; the Greek contribution (necessity of proof); rise and fall of mathematical knowledge during the Middle Ages; from introducing infinity to the invention of calculus; from solving equations to the first steps of modern algebra; problems in the foundations of mathematics in the 19th century

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students know some of the most important facts and developments in the history of mathematics.


2 years completed in the Bachelor's programme

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods





D. J. Struik, A Source Book in Mathematics, 1200-1800, Harvard University Press 1969, Princeton University Press 1986; C. H. Edwards, The Historical Development of the Calculus, Ney York: Springer 1979, 1982.
A. Weil: Number Theory. An approach through history, from Hammurapi to Legendre, Basel: Birkhäuser 1984.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

15-20 pages of text on a selected topic

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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