M380 | 7898 | Dadok

This course will focus on selected aspects of mathematics and its relationship to other human endeavors. Here are some topics we will talk and write about: -How have different societies regarded mathematics? -Mathematics as a model for: sciences, philosophy, the “real world” -Some important ideas in mathematics: infinity, real number, (non) Euclidean geometry, … -Evolution of standards in mathematical discourse -Some important applications of mathematics: map making, CAT scan, Cryptography, … -Why is bad writing so irritating? History of Mathematics (3 cr.) P: M212. Brief study of the development of algebra and trigonometry; practical, demonstrative, and analytic geometry; calculus, famous problems, calculating devices; famous mathematicians and chronological outlines in comparison with outlines in the sciences, history, philosophy, and astronomy.