Mathematical Perspectives (8104.3)
|Level:||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|
|HECS Bands:||2, 4|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Science and Technology|
|Discipline:||Academic Program Area - Technology|
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- Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (185378) - View
- Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (182140) - View
- Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (166301) - View
- Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (151509) - View
- Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (140015) - View
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A broad introduction to mathematics from earliest times to the present, suitable for anyone with an interest in the history of ideas. Accessible to a broad audience, its mathematical prerequisites are a bare minimum. Students have the option of following their own interests via project work. Topics include: Mathematics in ancient times, the modern era, and western culture; varieties of mathematical thinking; has all mathematics been discovered? and what is useful mathematics? Selected Topics in Mathematics chosen from: Prime number theorem, straightedge and compass constructions, solvability of polynomial equations in radicals, transfinite arithmetic, group theory, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, mathematical foundations, infinity, chaos and fractals, quantifying uncertainty, mathematical physics, cryptography, error correcting codes, and information theory.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. A mature perspective on mathematics as a cultural phenomenon and contrast this with mathematics as an enabling discipline for other sciences;
2. Mathematics will take its place as one aspect in the history of ideas and hence students will understand mathematics as a human enterprise; and
3. Skill in historical scholarship.
UC - Canberra, Bruce
- Semester 2, 2019
- Semester 2, 2018
A 2-hour lecture and a 2-hour tutorial per week.
6543 Mathematical Structures or 8110 Linear Algebra