The story of how modern mathematics developed in the Middle Ages is one of cooperation among people of faiths that are often seen as being in conflict: Catholicism, Judaism and Islam
Dr. Victor J. Katz is Professor of Mathematics emeritus at the University of the District of Columbia. He has long been interested in the history of mathematics and its use in teaching. He is the author of a well-regarded college textbook, A History of Mathematics: An Introduction, and a history of algebra, Taming the Unknown (with Karen Parshall) (2014). He is the editor of two sourcebooks: The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam: A Sourcebook (2007) and Sourcebook in the Mathematics of Medieval Europe and North Africa (2016), with the latter including extensive material on medieval Hebrew mathematics. Professor Katz was the founding editor of Convergence, the Mathematical Association of America’s online magazine on the history of mathematics and its use in teaching.