Create a 5—8 minute presentation on your mathematician, accompanied by a one-page handout. The handout should include:

On The Front:

A fun picture of our new friend

Basic biographical information-- who, what, where kind of stuff, but make it personal. Make your mathematician sound like a real person. Tell us about his personality, likes and dislikes, friends and foes, careers not taken, etc. Let us know of any relationships (student, advisor, intellectual rival) he might have with others on the list.

Bonus points for making us laugh and/or giving us something we will remember. Be as creative as you like in how you present this information--anything is fine (straight conversation, power point slides, videos, monologues, a poem, stage an interview with the person)

 

On The Back:

Try to find the original mathematics this person did that relates to the story of our class. Most of the names on the list are attached to theorems or concepts we are learning. Your job is to identify, as best you can, the original source that explains why your mathematician's name comes up when it does. (If you remind me in advance I will try to give you a little guidance.)

If possible, show us a small bit of an original paper---in the original language and notation.. The point is NOT to teach us the mathematics – we just want to see what it looks like played on period instruments. How has the notation changed? How have the concepts changed? What concepts might we be able to recognize? Modern presentations of these ideas come with the benefit of lots of polish, so it can be illuminating to see them in their less fully formed stages.

First-person quotes are also interesting and encouraged. These can go on the front or the back – wherever they best fit. Perhaps something from a letter or a lecture where your mathematician is discussing a topic that we are studying.

 

**I've put two of my analysis history books on reserve in the library. The prohibition against internet resources does NOT apply to this one particular component of the course.

 

The presentation should quickly take us through what's on the page, highlighting your favorite discoveries in an entertaining way. There are two inviolable rules:

** handout must only be one page **

**presentations may not exceed 8 minutes **

Keep it fun/short. Don't try to tell us everything – just give us something that will enlighten us and humanize the subject of analysis. Bring copies of your handout so that we all get one. If you have any trouble with your copy budget you can find me before class and I will make them for you.