Imagination and Mathematical Thought

Course Description

What role does imagination play in mathematics? A much more important one than you might think! To better understand the relationship between them, we’ll travel back to ancient Greece to explore the development of geometry. There we’ll discover that mathematical advances often require great ingenuity and imagination. Against this mathematical background, we will then address philosophical questions to further explore this relationship, for example: “What is mathematical beauty?”; “Is mathematics ever art?” and “What role should visualization play in mathematics?”

Syllabus

A draft syllabus is here.