Mathematical History of England | Faculty-led Program
The most recent Mathematical History of England faculty-led program took place in March 2019.
This faculty-led program may be offered again in March 2023 or March 2024.
The Mathematical History of England faculty-led program occurs during Winona State University's 2021 Spring Break. From the beginning of number through geometry, algebra, calculus, and the computer age, this course focuses on the diverse mathematical history of England that contributed to the development of modern mathematics as we know it. This faculty-led program will focus on a broad range of historical contributions from England, from the development of calendars (Stonehenge), to the development of Calculus (Newton), to the breaking the Enigma code during WWII (Bletchley Park). A major emphasis of the course is understanding how mathematics developed in relation to the priorities of different societies over time, who was included in the development and who was excluded. As part of this program, students will visit Woolsthorpe Manor (birthplace of Isaac Newton), the British Museum, Bletchley Park (where the Allies broke the Engima code during WWII), and many other interesting sites relevant to the history of mathematics. Students will choose a research topic connected to one of the locations on the faculty-led program (e.g. a person, mathematical tool, or the significance of the location). Students will be expected to write a paper, post on social media, and do a presentation to the group prior to traveling so students in the course will have a better sense of the significance of the location in the history of mathematics.
A valid passport is required for participation in this faculty-led program. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel. If you do not have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport
on campus at WSU through the Study Abroad office.
- The course meets throughout the spring semester when the travel will take place
- 9-11 days in March over WSU's spring break
MATH 407: Mathematical History of England (3 credits)
- Secondary Math Education majors
- Math and Stats students
- Elementary Education Mathematics minors
Students must have successfully completed or be enrolled during the spring semester in MATH 307 (History of Math) OR
Successfully completed MATH 327 (Foundations of Mathematics)
APPLICATION PROCESS & CONFIRMATION DEPOSIT
- The typical cost range for this program is between $5,000 - $5,900 depending on enrollment min/max.
- Includes: WSU tuition/fees for 3 credit MATH 407 course, roundtrip airfare from MSP to London, in-country transportation, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for educational activities, international health insurance for the time spent in London, and the Study Abroad administrative fee.
- The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.
Students must pay a $500 confirmation deposit as part of the application process for this program. Applications will not be reviewed until all application steps, including paying the $500 confirmation deposit, are completed. The $500 confirmation deposit is applied toward the total cost of the program.
Dr. Nic Gilbertson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Steve Leonhardi (email@example.com)
STUDY ABROAD CONTACT INFORMATION
Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs