Hungarian mathematics in the progress of the world
A math course in English at TU Budapest
[The title in Magyar: A magyar matematika szerepe a vilag fejlodeseben]
Course Data: BMETE93AX12, 2016 Spring
The Hungarian mathematics (along with theoretical physics) has been an
important player in the world's technical development during the
last centuries. In the fifteenth century Regiomontanus (a mathematics
professor of Hungary) started trigonometry and a modern astronomy
which led to the Copernican revolution. In the sixteenth cectury,
DÃ¼rer (whose father was a Magyar) started descriptive geometry.
In the early nineteenth century Bolyai created a brand new
geometry. During the first half of the twentieth century
some Magyars (namely Teller, Szilard, and Vonneumann) helped the
computations in the United States to create nuclear weapons.
Another Hungarians (Karman and Szebehely) made very important
calculations for appropriate flying of airplanes and spaceships.
In mathematical optimization theory the Hungarian names Farkas,
Konig, Vonneumann, Egervary are very well-known. In numeric
mathematics and in computer science, the famous mathematicians
Riesz, Fejer, Erdos, and Lovasz are all from Hungary.
This course will constitute of separate lectures linked together.
Different weeks will be devoted to different subjects. The best
lecturers of mathematics at our university will be asked the give
the separated lectures with a lot of figures, photos, and plenty
of examples, explanations and nice stories.
At the end of the semester the students will fill in a multiple-choice
test to get a grade. During the semester some homework assignments
will also be to do.