Great Math Minds

Sixth grade students will get inside the minds of two amazing mathematicians: Sierpinski and Pascal.  Number patterns and sequences, tetrahedrons, collaborative triangles, and binomial coefficients rule the day.  Students will leave this seminar intrigued with the minds of these masters, and inspired to embark on a mathematical journey of their own.

Faculty: Janice Schmitt - Math 6

Dates Offered

October 5, 2018
October 12, 2018

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to: These links take you to photos of quilts inspired by the Sierpinski triangle and the Sierpinski carpet.

  • Book review: As described by Amazon: “Based on a true story, All of the Above is the delightful and suspenseful story of four inner city students and their quest to build the world's largest tetrahedron. Shelley Pearsall has written a vividly engaging story about the math, life and good-tasting barbecue.” A copy is available  for checkout in the MS Media Center.

  • Documentary: This one hour documentary Fractals - Hunting the Hidden Dimension was produced by PBS Nova. It can be purchased on iTunes for $1.99:    

Why Study the Ancients?

David Joyce, Professor of Mathematics at Clark University explains that studying the work of ancient mathematicians sets math in context, and demonstrates that math is an evolving discipline. “Concepts we now take for granted, like line, function, and infinity, changed over time.” Civilizations have approached math in differing ways and cultures learned from one another over the centuries. Understanding the history of mathematical thought can be a spark for creativity and innovation.