At Calvin College, First Year Students are required to take a section of our Discovering the Christian Mind course during our January term. For the past 3 years, I have taught a section of this course titled Thinking Beautiful ly about Mathematics. In it, I explored, with the students, various areas of mathematics, as well as how mathematicians have explored them, while addressing such questions as “Is mathematics invented or discovered?” and “Why is mathematics unreasonably effective?” Ultimately, we look to identify ways and characterizations for how beauty displays itself in mathematics and how and it what ways beauty is seen by mathematicians. In this talk, I will report on some of the questions, observations, and speculations that arose from teaching this course.
Turner, James M., "Thinking Beautifully about Mathematics: A View of Mathematics as the Science of Measurable Orders" (2019). ACMS Conference Proceedings 2019. 22.
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