MAT-1090 FYS: Mathematical Puzzles Through History

3 credits

Prerequisite: Open to freshmen only.

Mathematics is a discipline about thinking; to a large extent, it is not about "numbers" at all. It is an art form that has a rich history stretching literally thousands of years; a history not only of solving puzzles, but of deciding which puzzles were worth the attention of the many scholars who attempted to solve them. This course seeks to examine some of the greatest "puzzles" of mathematics while putting them into a historical context. We will study some of the greatest mathematical ideas put forth by the human mind. This is a first-year seminar course and meets the First-Year Seminar requirement of the GECC. (Offered as circumstances warrant.)