MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #80
Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin
Professor Steven Post, Edgewood College
Previous Lectures: (Probability Puzzlers), (Mathematical Elegance - The Secret Life of Mathematicians),
(Painting, Parity and Persistance), (The case of the migrating umbrellas), (Mathematics - A Study of Pattern)
"Mathematics: A Symphony, Not A Scale"
Abstract: Few people would be motivated to study music if their only early exposure to it was through beginning exercises like practicing scales. If you'd never heard a concerto, a string quartet, or a symphony, how could you be excited about learning to form notes and play simple scales? Yet too often in mathematics students spend years studying the equivalent of scales without hearing a symphony. In this talk I will introduce some of the great problems and great stories of mathematics. From Fibonacci numbers to Fermat's Last Theorem, we'll peek at some of great symphonies of mathematics.
Biography: He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Chicago and he has been teaching at Edgewood College since 1988.
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