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First-Year Seminar (105-6-51)


Shuyi Weng

Meeting Info

University Library 4722: Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Overview of class

The Bright and Dark Sides of Mathematics

What is mathematics? How would you describe it in a sentence or two? What do you feel is the purpose of learning mathematics? What impacts has mathematics made on your personal endeavor, the communities around you, and human society? This first-year seminar will not be a course in mathematics, but rather one on the relation between mathematics and human society, as well as each individual that consists of the entire society. We will see positive and negative experiences people have had about mathematics, and we will reflect on appropriate use of mathematics for human flourishing and societal advancements. The reading materials of the course will be primarily from the required textbooks, but will also be supplemented by additional resources on Canvas. In-class discussion will-- at all times-- be respectful, to allow for productive conversations.

Class Materials (Required)

Mathematics for Human Flourishing
Author: Su
Publisher: Yale University Press

Weapons of Math Destruction
Author: O'Neil
Publisher: Crown

Class Materials (Suggested)

No suggested materials. See required materials

Class Attributes

WCAS First-Year Seminar

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Reserved for First Year & Sophomore only Reserved for First Year & Sophomore only