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**

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