Mathematics for Flourishing (Human Flourishing Program)


Thursday, October 6, 2022, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Sever Hall, room 103


Francis Su,  Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College


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 truth, and when properly engaged, it builds virtues like persistence, creativity, and a competence to solve problems you've never seen before. These virtues will serve you well no matter what you do in life. The deep connection between mathematics and human desires show why people in every culture around the globe do mathematics, not just to build things and conduct commerce, but for enjoyment and exploration. An incarcerated man—now my friend—has helped me see this more clearly than ever before.

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