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While browsing an old set of workshop materials (source unknown, 1996) this summer, I found the following "Mathematics Trivia." As someone who enjoys the history of mathematics, I expect that many people will have trouble responding to the questions.

  1. Name four famous mathematicians.
  2. Name a theorem or mathematical idea that is named after a person.
  3. List two mathematical ideas that originated outside of western Europe.
  4. Name two women mathematicians. (BONUS: When did the first African-American woman receive her Ph.D. in mathematics?)
  5. Name one African-American mathematician.
  6. Name two non-Western mathematicians.
Good questions, but they can easily be expanded. For example, I suggest the following additions:
  • Name four non-famous mathematicians.
  • Name a theorem or mathematical idea that is incorrectly named after a person.
  • List two mathematical ideas that originated in the United States.
  • Name a Chinese mathematician...a Mexican mathematician...a Russian mathematician....an African mathematician....an East Indian mathematician...a Japanese mathematician...etc.
  • Name a living mathematician.
  • What makes a mathematician famous?

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