MAT194: Mathematics Seminar

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= Spring 2021 =
 
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== Overview ==
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= Overview: Welcome to this virtual edition of the 2021 seminar! =
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=== Welcome to this virtual edition of a seminar! ===
 
That's an odd concept, especially asynchronously.... So we're going to be using this Wiki to create a class "discussion", if you will, about a variety of topics in mathematics. The emphasis here will be on studying a number of (what I hope are really) interesting topics in Mathematics, many of which we don't encounter in the standard math major's curriculum. That's a pity, and one of the reasons why I'm including them here, for us.
That's an odd concept, especially asynchronously.... So we're going to be using this Wiki to create a class "discussion", if you will, about a variety of topics in mathematics. The emphasis here will be on studying a number of (what I hope are really) interesting topics in Mathematics, many of which we don't encounter in the standard math major's curriculum. That's a pity, and one of the reasons why I'm including them here, for us.
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=== Each topic will have its own page. ===
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= Topics =
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Each of you is expected to make some contributions to each project page. The cool thing about a wiki is that many people can collaborate to create the final product. There is also a history, which shows exactly who made each change -- so take care! Big Brother is watching...:) Hopefully Big Brother will be impressed, amused, and otherwise enjoy watching, however. If you've never used a wiki, have no fear -- it's easy, and, like lots of things, the best way to learn is by doing. So let's go!
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=== Generally each topic will feature a series of questions. ===
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Your job is to play around with the questions, and think about what others are saying. You should try to answer all of the question -- just chip in a little here and there. '''It should be a conversation, and not a monologue.''' So if you've been contributing a lot, sit back and let some other folks chime in -- and listen! Ask each other questions -- challenge each other. But let's see what we can do -- together.
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== Topics ==
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=== Topic #1: [[A Mathematician's Lament, By Paul Lockhart]] ==
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== Topic #1: [[A Mathematician's Lament, By Paul Lockhart]] ==
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=== Topic #2: [[The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance]] ==
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== Topic #2: [[The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance]] ==
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=== Topic #3: [[Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math]] ==
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== Topic #3: [[Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math]] ==
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=== Topic #4: [[How to Equitably Distribute the Covid Vaccine]] ==
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== Topic #4: [[How to Equitably Distribute the Covid Vaccine]] ==
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=== Topic #5: [[What a picture of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a bikini tells us about the disturbing future of AI]] ==
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== Topic #5: [[What a picture of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a bikini tells us about the disturbing future of AI]] ==
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=== Topic #6: [[Beautiful Mathematics/Beautiful Mathematicians]] ==
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== Topic #6: [[Beautiful Mathematics/Beautiful Mathematicians]] ==
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=== Topic #7: [[The Power of Simple Representations]] ==
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== Topic #7: [[The Power of Simple Representations]] ==
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=== Topic #8: [[Iconoclastic (Snarky) Math -- Vi Hart]] ==
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== Topic #8: [[Iconoclastic (Snarky) Math -- Vi Hart]] ==
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=== Topic #9 [[Visualizing Vastness, and Other Tales -- Steven Strogatz]] ==
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== Topic #9 [[Visualizing Vastness, and Other Tales -- Steven Strogatz]] ==
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Contents

Overview: Welcome to this virtual edition of the 2021 seminar!

That's an odd concept, especially asynchronously.... So we're going to be using this Wiki to create a class "discussion", if you will, about a variety of topics in mathematics. The emphasis here will be on studying a number of (what I hope are really) interesting topics in Mathematics, many of which we don't encounter in the standard math major's curriculum. That's a pity, and one of the reasons why I'm including them here, for us.

Topics

Topic #1: A Mathematician's Lament, By Paul Lockhart

Topic #2: The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance

Topic #3: Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

Topic #4: How to Equitably Distribute the Covid Vaccine

Topic #5: What a picture of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a bikini tells us about the disturbing future of AI

Topic #6: Beautiful Mathematics/Beautiful Mathematicians

Topic #7: The Power of Simple Representations

Topic #8: Iconoclastic (Snarky) Math -- Vi Hart

Topic #9 Visualizing Vastness, and Other Tales -- Steven Strogatz

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