SEMINAR PROFILE
M01 

Greek Math  
In this twoday seminar we will investigate how the ancient Greeks thought about mathematics by focusing on several different activities: reading brief extracts from different ancient Greek authors, including Plato, Aristotle, and Euclid; doing some geometric constructions using compasses and straightedge; exploring the patterns of numbers that so fascinated the Greeks, including prime, perfect, abundant, deficient, triangular, square, and oblong numbers; and learning the Greek alphabet so that we can read some basic mathematical terms. Additional topics to be discussed include: the Platonic solidsWhat are they, and why are there only five? The socalled "golden ratio"; Proof by contradiction; Why was Pythagoras averse to beans? Why did some people think his father was the god Apollo? Zeno's paradoxes; and the concept of infinity.  
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Location:

Harvard UniversityRosovsky Hall


Dates:

3/6/2020, 3/11/2020

