# Mathematical Masterpieces: Teaching with Original Sources

@inproceedings{Laubenbacher1996MathematicalMT, title={Mathematical Masterpieces: Teaching with Original Sources}, author={Reinhard C. Laubenbacher and David J. Pengelley and Ronald Calinger}, year={1996} }

Our upper-level university honors course, entitled Great Theorems: The Art of Mathematics, views mathematics as art and examines selected mathematical masterpieces from antiquity to the present. Following a common practice in the humanities, for example in Chicago’s Great Books program and St. John’s College curriculum, we have students read original texts without any modern writer or instructor as intermediary or interpreter. As with any unmediated learning experience, a special excitement…

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