Catalogue 2012 - 2013

MAMT 548 What is Mathematics?

Credits

3 cr.

Course Description

This course considers some of the greatest ideas of humankind-ideas comparable to the works of Shakespeare, Plato, and Michelangelo. The great ideas that will be explored are within the realm of mathematics. What is mathematics? Mathematics is an artistic endeavor which requires both imagination and creativity. Students will experience what mathematics is all about by delving into some beautiful and intriguing issues in such areas as topology, number theory, analysis, logic, graph theory, and probability. Although students will be challenged, the overriding theme of the course is to gain an appreciation for mathematics, to discover the power of mathematical thinking, and to have each student realize his or her own individual answer to the question "What is mathematics?"