Upcoming Talks:

A Skeptical History of Numbers
Curt McMullen

Harvard University
Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Mathematics
Chair, Department of Mathematics

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Wed, May 1, 5:30pm, Science Center Hall D

Talk for a general audience; no math background required

Abstract: Quantum theory, virtual particles, curved space and dark energy all emerged from a critical assessment of the foundations of physics in the 20th century. In the same period, a foundational crisis threatened the edifice of mathematics itself. Focusing on the concept of numbers, this talk will recap some of the great leaps of imagination in the history of mathematical thought, describe the foundational crisis, critique the attempts to rescue certainty, and assess the current state of affairs.



Francis Su

Harvey Mudd University
Professor of Mathematics
Former President of the Mathematical Association of America

Francis Su

Wed, Sep. 25, 2019

Talk for a general audience; no math background required

Thu, Sep. 26, 2019

Talk aimed at math concentrators