Mathematicians Are People, Too!
updated March 7, 2010
A Mathematical Chronology
from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians
Pyramids, Olives, and Donkeys. Thales
Ratios & Proportions, Patterns
The Teacher Who Paid His Student. Pythagoras
Triangles, Square Numbers, Geometric Solids
 demonstrate angles (right, acute, obtuse)
 demonstrate right angle triangle
 demonstrate square numbers with short bead chains
 demonstrate square numbers with graph paper
 demonstrate Pythagorean Theorem (or use lesson plans below)
easiest to show with a=3, b=4, c=5
show it again with a=5, b=12, c=13
if students design their own, be prepared to get into decimals!
 follow with Geometric Sticks
 follow with Constructive Triangles
 follow with Short Bead Chains
 follow with Geometric Solids
 Pythagorean Theorem Lesson Plan  let students discover it for themselves!
 Do You Like Your Job?  an unusual WebQuest assignment based on the Pythagorean
Theorem and reallife applications (used for assessment purposes)
The Man Who Concentrated Too Hard. Archimedes
Levers, Pulleys, Exponents, Pi, Volume of a Sphere, Buoyancy, Water Screw
A Woman of Courage. Hypatia
Astrolable, Distilling Water
Magician or Mathematician? John Napier
Seeing Isn't Believing. Galileo Galilei
Count on Pascal. Blaise Pascal
The Short Giant. Isaac Newton
The Blind Man Who Could See. Leonhard Euler
The Professor Who Did Not Know. Joseph Louis Lagrange
Mathematics at Midnight. Sophie Germain
The Teacher Who Learned a Lesson. Carl Friedrich Gauss
"Don't Let My Life Be Wasted!" Evariste Galois
Life on an Obstacle Course. Emmy Noether
Numbers Were His Greatest Treasure. Srinivasa Ramanujan
Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians, Vol. 2
There's Only One Road. Euclid
A Fortune Shared. Omar Khayyam
Lean on the Blockhead. Leonard of Pisa (Fibonacci)
The Conceited Hypochondriac. Girolamo Cardano
The StayinBed Scholar. Rene Descartes
An Amateur Becomes a Prince. Pierre de Fermat
The Gift of Sympathy. Maria Agnesi
The Shy Sky Watcher. Benjamin Banneker
The Computer's Grandfather. Charles Babbage
The Mystery of X and Y. Mary Somerville
The Overlooked Genius. Neils Abel
Conducting the Computer Symphony. Ada Lovelace
The Lessons on the Wall. Sonya Kovalevsky
The Compass Points the Way. Albert Einstein
The Master Problem Solver. George Polya
