Homework on Proof, Certainty, Success and Discoveries in Mathematics

  1. To turn in: Watch the SYNC TED video and then name at least two strengths and/or weaknesses of how Strogatz presented mathematics there, especially in reference to Paul Halmos' ideas of "How to talk mathematics."

  2. Next read on ASULearn:
    1. The View from Here: The Edge of My Seat by Katherine Merow. Math Horizons Volume 18, No. 3, February 2011, p. 12-14.
    2. The Beauty of Bounded Gaps by Jordan Ellenberg. Math Horizons, Volume 21, No. 1, September 2013, pp. 5-7.
    3. Chapter 1 of SYNC: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order by Steven Strogatz. New York: Hyperion, 2003, pp. 11-39.

    To turn in: For each of the 3 readings, name at least two aspects from the reading that surprised you, that you found interesting, disagreed with, want to discuss during class, or had a question on (so you will have at least six total - two from each reading).