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EXPLODING DOTS: SO MUCH OF THE SCHOOL MATHS CURRICULUM - AND BEYOND!
Tue 18 October 2016, 13:00 – 14:30 IST
Maths Week Ireland 2016 FREE event for TY, 5th & 6th Years
James Tanton, Mathematician-at-Large from the Mathematical Association of America gives a fun-filled presentation describing a simple mathematical construct that will take participants from simple arithmetic and algebra to advanced ideas in mathematics. Suitable for Transition Years and senior Cycle.
About the presentation:
Here's a story that isn't true -
When I was a young child I invented a machine (not true) that was nothing more than a series of boxes that could hold dots. And these dots would, upon certain actions, explode. And with this machine (in this non-true story) I realized that I could explain true things! I could explain all the mathematics of arithmetic I learnt in primary school (true), all the polynomial algebra I was to learn in secondary-school (true), pre-calculus series formulas (true), elements of calculus and number theory I was to learn in university (true), and explore unanswered research questions mathematicians are studying today (also true)!
Come join us as we explore the power of an astounding simple mathematical construct pushed to the max. Experience deep creative discovery first-hand and true joyous mathematics doing. Bring pencil and paper, and an extra pair of socks: this lecture will be so astounding that it will knock your first pair right off!
This talk will be given by Internationally renowned mathematician Dr. James Tanton.
James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions. James is absolutely committed to promoting effective and joyful mathematics thinking, learning, and doing at all levels of the education spectrum.
James has written a number of books, including THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MATHEMATICS (Facts on File, 2005) and two wordless puzzle books WITHOUT WORDS and MORE WITHOUT WORDS (Tarquin, 2015) -- which have each been translated in Serbian -- and has developed two DVD Great Courses (The teaching Company, 2013 and 2016). He advises on curriculum, consults with teachers, and gives demonstration classes and professional development across the globe. James also leads the MAA’s Curriculum Inspirations project,www.maa.org/ci and is founder of The Global Math Project,www.theglobalmathproject.org. See his sites www.jamestanton.com and www.gdaymath.com for more.