# Math essay

Write a short paper and present it. By short I mean 3 or 4 pages of substantive writing, double spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins.

The paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins. Aside from the 3-4 pages of substantive writing and the cover page with title and names, it should also include another page with bibliographic information.

Choose one of the following topics for your paper:

1. Research one known mathematician or scientist (Examples: Alice Augusta Ball, Leonhard Euler, Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss, Percy Lavon Julian, Maryam Mirzakhani, Isaac Newton, Alan Turing, Emmy Noether, or others). Your paper should include a brief biography of the person in historical context, his or her contributions to the field or mathematics or science, and what you personally found most interesting about his or her life.

2. Research one of the following systems of numeration in the history of mathematics: the Babylonian Numeration System, the Mayan Numeration System (see section 4.1 in our text), or any other historical numeration system. Your paper should include the historical context of your chosen numeration system, how to convert a quantity from your chosen system to our modern system, and explain important ways in which it may differ from our modern HinduArabic system (decimal system).