These pages aim to
present some of the most important mathematical problems in
chronological order. It is not intended to be an exhaustive
explanation of each problem but to simply show the evolution of
mathematical thought throughout history.
In each section there
is an outline of the most relevant historical events of the era and
the maps indicate the area of interest, both from a mathematical point
of view.
Some pictures have
been included (a bust, a painting, a commemorative stamp etc.) to make
the explanation more visual. The sources have been acknowledged.
Given that Descartes
is basically a graphical tool, the criteria for selecting problems has
been the ease with which they can be adapted for the characteristic
windows of the program
Some animations have
been included to help the student understand certain graphical constructions.
Whenever
possible, interactive activities have been included in the windows. In
each window the initial parameters in the problems can be altered and the
diagram will change accordingly.
