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The history of mathematics is an important subject. It gives a context in which to view the many results that one learns in math classes. Furthermore it shows that mathematics is, first and foremost, a human activity. By looking at the historical development of Calculus we see that, like all mathematics, is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost. If you fnd yourself struggling to understand the concepts introduced in this course, then you are in good company. Many of the greatest minds in mathematics struggled with these same concepts over a period of hundreds of years.

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If you are tired of Calculus, check out this Nova site about one of the greatest achievements of mathematics in the 20th century:

The proof of Fermat's Last Theorem

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