2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

CORE S132 - Mathematical (Counter) Culture

Students take a close look at mathematics, mathematical communities, and the applications of mathematics throughout history. The origins of mathematical thought, and how its foundations have changed over time, are explored. Along the way, the role of mathematics within the sciences is questioned. For example, in what ways is mathematics similar or dissimilar to other sciences? Unlike many courses focused on the history of math, there is additional emphasis on how mathematics is viewed by and used by society, in both positive and negative ways. Indeed, are shown how, in many cases, the prevailing mathematical culture of the time – explicitly or implicitly – rewarded malicious and, generally, unkind behavior. Questions raised include: how much have these aspects of mathematical culture changed? How have society’s attitudes towards mathematics contributed to a problematic culture? How can one use mathematical literacy as a positive force? In this way, students examine how doing mathematics responsibly can be considered a countercultural act.

Credits: 1.0
Corequisite: None
Prerequisites: None
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: No Junior, No Senior
Area of Inquiry: None
Liberal Arts Practices: None
Core Component: Sciences

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