Associate Professor of Mathematics at Oberlin College Benjamin Linowitz will be visiting Kenyon to discuss the exciting history of calculus from ancient Babylon to 18th century Germany.
This talk will be a lively introduction to the history of calculus. We will chart calculus’s development from cuneiform markings on clay tablets in ancient Babylon all the way to eighteenth-century Germany, where the first truly modern calculus text was published. Along the way, we’ll encounter a real-life Indiana Jones, ancient Greek mystical cults, Baghdad’s famous House of Wisdom, and one of the most notorious priority disputes in the history of science.
Join us on Monday, January 30 in Hayes 109 from 3:10 to 4 p.m. to hear this exciting presentation. Snacks will be available at the door. We hope to see you there!