The Changing Story of Math and Its Impact on the World

Date: June 28th to July 19th

Synchronous Course Meetings:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00pm to 2:30 pm EST

Instructor: Dan Bradshaw 

Grade Level: 11, 12

Course Description:

While 2 + 2 still equals 4, this unique course will examine the interconnections between the field of mathematics and the world in which it developed. Mathematical discoveries have fueled developments in technology, sciences, and philosophy, which have then led to further mathematical innovation and influenced the history of our world. While many often see math as a fixed, finalized product, when in reality it has been dynamic, messy, and very human. We will look at different cultures, including those lying outside the modern mathematical canon, to see how people through time have viewed numbers, patterns, and relationships.

Essential Questions Include:

  • How have social pressures shaped the development of mathematics, and vice versa?
  • How have different cultures viewed mathematics, and how did that lead to the “standard canon” of math today?
  • How has technology influenced the knowledge of math?