Is God a Mathematician?

Dates:March 3, 2020
Meets:Tu from 6:45 PM to 8:15 PM
Hours:2.50
Instructor:Mario Livio
Fee: $30.00

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Course Description

This lecture will examine the intriguing question of why mathematics is as powerful as it is, in terms of its ability to explain not only the cosmos at large, but also many aspects of our lives. Dr. Livio will also address the question: Is mathematics a discovery, or merely an invention of the human mind? Mathematicians, philosophers, and psychologists have been wrestling with this question since the beginning of the last century. Along the way, Dr. Livio will tell the fascinating stories of insightful mathematicians, from Archimedes in antiquity, through Descartes and Gauss in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to Gödel in modern times.