History of Mathematics Quiz Questions
Mathematics Quiz Part – 1
1) In which civilization dot patterns were first employed to represent numbers?
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?
Answer: Roman numerals.
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?
Answer: Figurate number.
8) Apart from the number system, ancient Indians are held in high esteem for their contributions to the field. What is it?
Answer: Indeterminate equations.
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?
Answer: Shadows cast by the sun.
11) The Babylonian geometry mainly boils down to solving?
Answer: Algebraic equations.
12) Which mathematician contemplated the creation of universal language ‘Characteristica universalis’ and a precise science of reasoning ‘Calculus ratiocinator’?
Answer: G.W Leibniz.
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?
14) Zephirum, lziphra, Cenero and Sifr are different names of _?
15) The pyramids of Egypt are monuments to truths about?
Mathematics Quiz Part – 2
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?
Answer: Claudius Ptolemy.
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 had its origin in _?
21) ‘A figure and a platform, not a figure and six pence’ was the motto amongst _?
Answer: Ancient Greek Mathematicians.
22) Which is the most remarkable Babylonian mathematical table?
Answer: Plimpton 322.
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?
Answer: An analog computer.
28) Which device was popular in Europe for counting purpose during 1200 to 1800?
Answer: Counting board.
29) When did the monumental “Principia Mathematica’ of A.N Whitehead and Bertrand Russell appear?
30) When was ‘Rhind Papyrus’ oldest document on Mathematics discovered?