October 7, 2022 On Campus
10/07/2022 7:00 PM 10/07/2022 8:00 PM America/New_York Andover Francis Su: "Mathematics for Human Flourishing"

On Friday, October 7, at 7 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium, Professor Francis Su of Harvey Mudd College will deliver a talk entitled, "Mathematics for Human Flourishing." This talk is geared toward a wide audience, especially those who do not see themselves as “math people.” Su will open our eyes to seeing that 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 shows why people in every culture around the globe do mathematics, not just to build things and conduct commerce, but for enjoyment and exploration.

Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and a former president of the Mathematical Association of America. In 2013, he received the Haimo Award, a nationwide teaching prize for college math faculty, and in 2018 he won the Halmos-Ford writing award. His work has been featured in Quanta Magazine, Wired, and the New York Times. His book Mathematics for Human Flourishing(2020), winner of the 2021 Euler Book Prize, offers an inclusive vision of what math is, who it's for, and why anyone should learn it.

Su’s visit is sponsored by the department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science and the Dean of Studies Office.

Kemper Auditorium

Francis Su: "Mathematics for Human Flourishing"

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. , Kemper Auditorium

On Friday, October 7, at 7 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium, Professor Francis Su of Harvey Mudd College will deliver a talk entitled, "Mathematics for Human Flourishing." This talk is geared toward a wide audience, especially those who do not see themselves as “math people.” Su will open our eyes to seeing that 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 shows why people in every culture around the globe do mathematics, not just to build things and conduct commerce, but for enjoyment and exploration.

Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and a former president of the Mathematical Association of America. In 2013, he received the Haimo Award, a nationwide teaching prize for college math faculty, and in 2018 he won the Halmos-Ford writing award. His work has been featured in Quanta Magazine, Wired, and the New York Times. His book Mathematics for Human Flourishing(2020), winner of the 2021 Euler Book Prize, offers an inclusive vision of what math is, who it's for, and why anyone should learn it.

Su’s visit is sponsored by the department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science and the Dean of Studies Office.

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