Mathematicians and scientists are people too! Did you know that Sir
Isaac Newton was inspired to study mathematics after a fight with a school
bully? Leonard Euler wrote more mathematics than anyone - even after he
became totally blind! Great mathematical innovations were made by real
people who experienced the same misunderstandings and frustrations that
we all do when learning a new concept. The purpose of this activity is for
you to research a person who made a math discovery happen.
You will be assigned a name of a famous and influential mathematician.
You will do a small research project on the life of this mathematician and his
or her contribution to the development of modern mathematics.
You will then make a cube out of sturdy material. Each edge needs to
measure 5 inches. The faces of the cube will have the following information:
1. Portrait, name of mathematician, and birth/death dates.
2. Map of continent and marks where he/she lived.
3. Biographical Sketch (4-7 sentences)
a. Who was this mathematician?
b. When did he/she live?
c. What cultural background?
4. What contribution to math did this person make? Give an example
of how this contribution is used. (5-10 sentences)
5. Where and how was this person educated? (3-6 sentences)
6. Trivia fact OR interesting fact