Numbers: Ruling the Universe

Hundreds of years BCE the ancient Greek mathematicians Pythagoras and Euclid developed principles of mathematical reasoning that influenced the field for millennia. After learning about the contributions of these early mathematicians, students apply theory to the current world. Hands-on measuring and building activities help students move from concept to reality.

Faculty: Janice Schmitt - Math 6

Dates Offered

October 26, 2018
November 30, 2018

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  • Go to Golden Mean Photography to learn about the application of the Golden Mean to photography.  Next, get your camera to test the theory!

  • Great books: An enduring classic, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, is imaginative, engaging, and full of word plays and mathematical references. The Guardian endorses this book as “one of those rare children's novels that both delights the adult reader and returns them to a child's perspective.” A copy is available for checkout in the MS Media Center.

  • Movie night: Hidden Figures is based on the true story of three African-American women who worked at NASA during the 1950s and 1960s and helped launch the US space program. This inspirational movie is a perfect choice for a family movie night.

Why Study the Ancients?

In their article History of Mathematics: Seeking Truth and Inspiring Students, Alex McAllister (Centre College) and Diana White (University of Colorado) assert: “The history of mathematics can inform our understanding of basic topics” and helps “students understand mathematics as a human endeavor, developing in response to and driving various aspects of society.” This seminar develops our MS students’ critical thinking and applied math skills.