Einstein and Leisureguy's (Michael Han) grandson. Posted March 23, 2007.
Create an attractive and professional historical timeline that explores the interesting and important breakthroughs and controversies - not the entire history. Be sure that the timeline is in your own words and includes important contributions from diverse scientists or mathematicians as well as interesting pictures. Approximate dates can be noted as ~1762 or by a range of dates, such as 1700-1800. A maximum of three-pages will be allowed. The result should be an in depth exploration of the history of the specific topic - not the history of all of linear algebra. Here is a sample timeline from another class, which incorporates pictures of the related discoveries and mathematicians.
Use many different types of sources, including scholarly references and library sources. Submit a separate annotated bibliography of all of the sources you used in the timeline, with annotations explaining how you used each reference in your timeline, where the pictures came from, etc. Use as many pages as you need for the annotated bibliography.
Websites such as the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive (O'Connor and Robertson, 2005) provide an extensive collection of articles on particular people and topics. The Earliest Known Uses of Some of the Words of Mathematics (Miller, J, 2008) can provide history on the development as well as the first published appearance of terms. Wikipedia's history pages can also be useful.