Dec 13, 2019  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MTH 250 - A History of Logic in Mathematics


This course focuses on the development of logic in mathematics throughout history, examining the works of some of the most important mathematicians.  This includes contributions from the ancient Greeks (Pythagoreans, Euclid, Archimedes) through more modern times (Descartes, Pascal, Euler, Leibniz, and Newton).  We will also discuss contemporary issues, in particular, the role of computation, technology and artificial intelligence.  Students will examine existing proofs and create mathematical proofs of their own.  We will cover the fields of geometry, number theory, graph theory and cryptography.  Throughout the course, the main focus will be on the visualization and development of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking skills.  Satisfies the Science and Math core requirement.

(Cr: 3)