Mathematics for Human Flourishing
Math is more than just a way to describe the world, and it is more than just a set of skills, like doing arithmetic or factoring a quadratic. Math is a deeply human enterprise that fulfills basic human longings, such as for beauty and exploration and truth, and when properly engaged, it builds virtues like persistence, creativity, and a competence to solve problems you've never seen before. Reframing math in this way---around virtues---offers a more attractive way to welcome people to see math as an intrinsic part of life, and to teach it in a more equitable, inclusive way. An incarcerated man---now my friend---has helped me see this more clearly than ever before.
This event is sponsored by Mathematics and Duke Faculty Advancement.