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Thursday, March 7 • 9:00am - 10:15am
HOW MANY DEGREES ARE IN A MARTIAN CIRCLE? Exploring Human -- and non-human -- questions in mathematics. POPULAR!

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Who chose the number 360 for the count of degrees in a circle? Why that number? And why do mathematicians not like that number for mathematics? Why is the preferred direction of motion in mathematics counterclockwise when the rest of world naturally chooses clockwise? Why are fingers and single digit numbers both called digits? Why do we humans like the numbers 10, 12, 20, and 60 particularly so? Why are logarithms so confusing? Why is base e the “natural” logarithm to use? What happened to the vinculum? (Bring back the vinculum, I say!) Why did human circle-ometry become trigonometry? Let's spend a session together exploring tidbits from the human - and nonhuman - development of mathematics.

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James Tanton

Mathematician in Residence, Mathematical Association of America
James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 74/75 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

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