Your mission is to investigate the history of the calculus. The controversy rages today, and we need your super sleuth and analytic mind to get to the bottom of it. Historical evidence concludes that modern calculus seems to have its origins in either Sir Isaac Newton’s or Wilhelm Gottfried Leibniz’s hands. Or maybe the answer is slightly more complicated. We don’t know! AAACK! We need your help!
You are going to need to produce a clear 3 paragraph editorial on who should be given the most kudos for inventing calculus. Who came up with the “main points of discovery?” Why do you conclude that?
To assist you in this daunting task, I have provided some links seen to the right. Maybe they will help you? But you can also use anything (credible) you find on the web. This WebQuest will be harder than it looks; however, I am hoping you gain a historical perspective of calculus. One thing I think you need to do in order to keep yourselves organized is to
- make a list of pros and cons for Newton and Leibniz, to organize your thoughts and findings.
Here are a few points of advice.
Here are some questions to think about when organizing your search — but you’re going to have dig deep to find the answers to these questions.