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MA3E5 - History of Mathematics

  • Module code: MA3E5
  • Module name: History of Mathematics
  • Department: Mathematics Institute
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to: consider topics in the 19th Century history of abstract algebra and number theory; discuss what was taken to be so important about them.

Principal learning outcomes

To develop a critical sense of what was, and even what is, important and exciting about mathematics and its evolution; To raise questions about the nature of mathematics and its relation both to abstract thought and to its applications in classical physics.

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Other essential notes

Prerequisites: Familiarity with concepts from algebra as presented in MA249 Algebra II is highly desirable, but not essential; an acquaintance with MA246 Number Theory would help but is not required.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: MA3E5-15)
A (Assessed work only) 500 word essay 14%
  1500 word essay 26%
  2000 word essay 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics (G4G1) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G4G2) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics (G4G3) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (with Intercalated Year) (GF14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 4