Integrating Mathematics History and Primary Resources

Ravi Jain June 21, 2013

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2013


Is ‘Ad Fontes’ the exclusive call of the humanities, or could mathematics and science classes profit by using primary sources as well? This session will consider the benefits and challenges of using primary sources in math and science classes and help sort out how to make them effective. We will explore how primary sources can augment textbooks by giving students firsthand access to the technical narrative of discovery. We will also discuss replicating these great historic discoveries as lab work as well as using primary sources to consider issues in faith and science. Whether your class has never attempted to use primary sources before, or whether you have been reading Newton’s Principia Mathematica for years, this session will offer an accessible path for fully integrating primary source materials into any of your lessons from arithmetic to electricity. Newton claimed that his work was possible because he was standing “on the shoulders of giants,” (especially Gallileo and Kepler). This seminar will help us learn how to keep our equilibrium when we are up on those shoulders ourselves.


Classical Education History Mathematics Science


Ravi Jain
Ravi Jain graduated from Davidson College with a BA and interests in physics, ancient Greek, and international political economy. He worked at various churches, received an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and later earned a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics from the University of Central Florida. He began teaching Calculus and Physics at the Geneva School in 2003. During his tenure there he has coauthored “The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education,” and has given over 50 talks and workshops throughout the country on topics related to Christian classical education.

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What Hath Biology To Do With Physics

Article - SCL Conference 2014

Introduction to The Quadrivium

Article - SCL Conference 2013

Metaphysics Matters

Article - SCL Conference 2012

Teaching with the Ancients

Article - SCL Conference 2011

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