Time For a Time-Line
When thinking about the history of mathematics, it is often difficult (i.e. impossible!) to put everything into perspective. A decent time-line would help, but they often vary in both focus and quality.
The internet is offering an increasing number of time-lines:
Admittedly, these time-lines differ in scope and quality...but all are helpful in their own special way. Also, see the Recommended Resource for this Week for a new-but-old twist.
- OldMathGeek offers an interesting visual time-line, that records for each time periopd: events, mathematicians, Extended descriptions, and social context
- William Richardson, Wichita University mathematician, has developed Brief Time-Line which offers linked elaborations...all still under development
- Wikipedia offers a very good time-line, complete with tons of links to associated Wikipedia articles
- Jim Wilson, University of Georgia, offers two time-lines, one that documents the evolution of the subject areas of geometry and algebra, while the other integrates this history with world events
- David Joyce, creator of Clark University's high-quality math history website, offers Mathematician Time-Line, which lists the significant mathematicians for each time-period...plus he offers time-lines of sorts for China, Aracbic sphere, Europe, Greece, India, and Japan
- Finally, Steve Jones, a mathematics and science teacher, offers his version of a You-Tube Time-Line, which is not as useful as the others, but is part of his video series on the history of mathematics
My challenge:. Someone needs to create a visual type of dynamic timeline that brings the mathematicians and mathematics to life...rather than through a lecture or mere listing of events. Also, though in name only, time-lines are linear; that does not mean that the mathematicians' interactions and development of mathematics are linear...could this be incorporated viaually via a branching, inter-woven tree-diagram?
Anyone willing to take on this challenge?