The University of Arizona

How do mathematicians believe?

Mathematics Instruction Colloquium

How do mathematicians believe?
Series: Mathematics Instruction Colloquium
Location: ONLINE
Presenter: Dr. Brian P. Katz, California State University, Long Beach
Love it or hate it, many people believe that mathematics gives humans access to a kind of truth that is more absolute and universal than other disciplines. If this claim is true, we must ask: what makes the origins and processes of mathematics special and how can our messy, biological brains connect to the absolute? If the claim is false, then what becomes of truth in mathematics? In this public session, we will discuss beliefs about truth and how they play out in the mathematics classroom, trying to understand a little about identity, authority, and the Liberal Arts.
(The talk will begin at 4:15 PM.)