August 4, 2005
Dr. Marty Lewinter
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Purchase College
in a lively conversation
The History of Mathematics:
Five thousand years of cleverness
Very few subjects have a five thousand year history of truth and utility. Mathematics does.
It enabled humans to measure time and distance, conduct commerce, coin money, reconstruct flooded farm boundaries, organize armies, build dwellings and ships...all at the very dawn of recorded history.
The history of mathematics closely parallels the history of human thought.
It was the basis of the four subjects of the education of Ancient Greek schoolboys. – geometry, music, astronomy and number theory.
This talk begins in early Mesopotamia and Egypt, on to Ancient Greece, briefly to the golden age of Islam, and we'll end with the amazing developments of European mathematics since the Renaissance.
Expect several beautiful mathematical treats, easy to understand if you've had high school algebra.
Dr. Marty Lewinter is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Purchase College (SUNY). He's the author of
The Saga of Mathematics: A Brief History with William Widulski and of
A Friendly Introduction to Graph Theory with Fred Buckley.
He's published over 65 journal articles, mostly in combinatorics and graph theory.
Dr. Lewinter has a contagious passion for mathematics. He lectures at many high schools, colleges, and civic organizations.
He composes neo-tonal classical music for small string and reed ensembles and for classical guitar, which he plays.
His mathematics PhD is from CUNY and music MFA is from Purchase College.