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## Mathematics Quiz History of Mathematics Part 1

Mathematics Quiz 1 – 10

## 2) The ancient Babylonians had their number system based on?

3) Which number system was commonly employed in various ancient civilizations and is even
today in some regions?

4) In which ancient civilization, numbers were for the first time represented by words?

## 5) In which numerals X, M, V, L, etc. belong to?

6) In which ancient civilization, odd and even numbers were divided into two sets, the odd ones
denoted as males and the even females?

7) Among the numbers – Fibonacci, Kaprekar, Mersenne and Figurate numbers which one is
ancient in origin?
8) Apart from the number system, ancient Indians are held in high esteem for their contributions
to the field. What is it?

9) Who wrote an elaborate history of Greek geometry from its earliest origins?

10) Which natural phenomenon was employed in ancient times to estimate the heights of
objects?
Mathematics Quiz Questions History of
Mathematics Part 2
Mathematics Quiz 11 – 10

## 12) Which mathematician contemplated the creation of universal language ‘Characteristica

universalis’ and a precise science of reasoning ‘Calculus ratiocinator’?

13) It is claimed that the priest architects of Egypt could lay out a right angle with the aid of a
rope divided in to a ratio by three knots. What is this ratio?

## 16) Which ancient book contains 64 Hexagrams?

Answer: The book of changes (It is a Chinese text)

17) Which mathematician prepared the trigonometric tables seen in a modern textbook?

18) Who wrote one of the oldest documents on mathematics, Rhind Papyrus’?

19) Which ancient school odd thought believed that the universe is primarily made of numbers?

20) The most popular method of long multiplication ‘Gelosia’ in the 15th and 16th century world
Mathematics Quiz Questions History of
Mathematics Part 3
Mathematics Quiz 21 – 30

21) ‘A figure and a platform, not a figure and six pence’ was the motto amongst _?

## 22) Which is the most remarkable Babylonian mathematical table?

23) In the Stonehenge, the primitive astronomical observatory, stones arranged almost in the
form of a _?

24) Where were red and black colored rods employed to denote positive and negative numbers
respectively?

25) Where has been found an ivory scale of linear measurement of the time of the Indus Valley
Civilization?

27) The Antikythera device found in an ancient shipwreck of a Greek island was?

28) Which device was popular in Europe for counting purpose during 1200 to 1800?

29) When did the monumental “Principia Mathematica’ of A.N Whitehead and Bertrand Russell
appear?

## Mathematics Quiz Questions Mathematics Books

and Authors Part 1
Mathematics Quiz 31 – 40
31) Russell Maloney‘s story book gives an idea about statistics. Name this book.

32) This classic of Plato contains reference to numbers whose significance is still being dugout
by mathematicians. Name it.

## 33) Who is the author of geometry oriented science fiction Flatland?

34) “The world can be made intelligent in terms of right angles” This statement was made in a
world famous classic of Plato. Which is that classic?

35) Who explains his experience in a one dimensional world as a depicted in the classic science
fiction Flatland?

## 37) Who is the author of this book “The Law”?

38) “The senses delight in things duly proportional” who made this statement relating beauty to
mathematics?

39) Who said “music is the pleasure of the human soul experiences from counting without being
aware that it is counting”?

40) Who forwarded in his books this motto “The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers”?

## Mathematics Quiz Questions Mathematics Books

and Authors Part 2
Mathematics Quiz 41 – 50

41) An artist as well as mathematician, he wrote a book on geometrical and perspective meant
for artists. Who was he?
42) Who said “the power is not in the hands of the few but information in the hands of the
many”?

## 44) Who is the author of “Mecanique Analytique”?

45) Himself an esteemed philosopher of mathematics, he wrote solely and extensively on the
philosophy of mathematics. Who is he?

## 46) Who is the author of classic “Principia Mathematica”?

47) Who wrote one of the greatest mathematical treatises of ancient times the “Arithmetica”?

## 49) Who wrote the first textbook on differential calculus?

50) Who is the author of “The Fractal Geometry of Nature” an important contribution to
understanding form and complexity in the physical universe?

## Mathematics Quiz Questions Mathematics Books

and Authors Part 3
51) Who wrote the classic “Paradoxes of the Infinite”?

52) Who wrote “Liber Abaci” which introduced the Indian number system and zero to the
Europe?

53) Which mathematician wrote “Discourse of Method” in bed when he was hardly 16 years old
and had studied mathematics for a few months only?
54) Who wrote the classic “On Growth and Form” a mathematical treatment of natural history?

55) Who wrote the popular “One, Two, Thre… Infinity” a book on numbers and their
relationship with the cosmos?

56) Who is the author of “Mathematical Ideas, Their Nature and Use”?

57) Who wrote the recent mathematical masterpiece “Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden
Braid”?

## 58) Who discovered the oldest document on mathematics?

59) Who wrote the witty and amusing book “A Budget of Paradoxes”?

## Mathematics Quiz Questions Pathfinders Inventors

and Founders of Mathematics Part 1
Mathematics Quiz 61 – 70

## 66) Who discovered the “Isogonic Centre” of the triangle?

67) Who formulated “the Incompleteness Theorem” no theory of all mathematics is finitely
describable, consistent and complete?

68) Who is the originator of the game theory is now applied to business, war etc.?

## Mathematics Quiz Questions Pathfinders Inventors

and Founders of Mathematics Part 2
Mathematics Quiz 71 – 80

## 75) Who invented the slide rule?

76) Who invented the method of exhaustion for determining the areas and volume of geometrical
figures and solids respectively?

77) G.H Leibniz invented calculus. But one famous scientist also simultaneously invented
calculus. Name him.

## 78) Who is the inventor of superellipse?

79) Who invented the integrator, an instrument which gives the value of definite integrals?

## Mathematics Quiz Questions Pathfinders Inventors

and Founders of Mathematics Part 3
Mathematics Quiz 81 – 90

## 89) Who founded the subject of projective geometry?

90) It is said that he laid the foundation of calculus in geometrical form before it was actually
invented by others. Who was he?
Mathematics Quiz Questions Instruments and
Machines in Mathematics Part 1
Mathematics Quiz 91 – 100

91) Which is the instrument that measures angles, sideways, or up and down for making maps?

92) Which device is employed only for multiplying and dividing numbers?

## 94) Which is the instrument commonly used for measuring angles?

95) Which device is used for measuring the area of an irregular plane figure?

96) Which is the instrument is used for measuring the angle of sun above the horizon?

## 97) Which instrument is used for measuring the curvature of a surface?

98) Which is the mechanic device employed for determining areas under curves?

99) Which is believed to be the most ancient device used for calculation purpose?

## Mathematics Quiz Questions Instruments and

Machines in Mathematics Part 2
Mathematics Quiz 101 – 111
101) What is the instrument employed to measure the angle a star makes with the horizon?

## 102) Napier’s bone’s was a device _?

Answer: For multiplying, dividing and taking square roots of numbers.

103) Which is the calculating machine that caught the imagination of the public and convinced it
of the arrival of an “electronic brain”?

104) Who built the first logic machine which could solve problems in formal logic?

105) He built the first workable logic machine which could solve a problem faster than a human
being. Who is he?

## 107) Who built the first automatic calculating machine?

108) Which is the device popular from the time of ancient Egypt for generating random
numbers?