Unformatted text preview: Extra Credit Chaos Theory The lecture involved a historical perspective on calculus, an explanation of the Newtonian worldview, and a look into chaos theory. Rationalism prevailed during the 17 th century, but math had been developing long before then. Around 300 B.C., Greeks were working with circles and drawing polygons in it to find the area. By the 1600s, people worked with tangent lines and integrals. In 1655, Newton formalizes calculus but never publishes his work. So, in 1680s, when Leibniz formalizes calculus, Newton claims that Leibniz stole calculus from him. The Royal Society, a group of elite scientists in England, ruled in favor of Newton, which stifled mathematic progress in England for 200 years because they closed off interactions with the rest of the European academic world. A German mathematician, Mencke, contributed significantly to mathematics. He established a journal published in German, a move away from mathematics communicated in Latin, and in the process bolsters rationalism by testing concepts...
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 Fall '07
 Tuffaha
 Calculus, Chaos Theory, initial conditions

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