2014-2015 Pitzer Catalog 
    
    Dec 15, 2018  
2014-2015 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MATH 001 PZ -Mathematics, Philosophy and the “Real World.”


Institution: Pitzer

Description: Throughout history, mathematics has changed the way people look at the world. This course will focus on two examples: Euclidean geometry (which suggested to philosophers that certainty was achievable by human thought) and probability and statistics (which gave scientists a way of dealing with events that did not seem to follow any laws but those of chance). Readings and problems will be taken from three types of sources: (1) Euclid’s Elements of Geometry; (2) modern elementary works on probability and its applications to the study of society and to gambling; (3) the writings of philosophers whose views were strongly influenced by mathematics, such as Plato, Aristotle, Pascal, Spinoza, Kant, Laplace, Helmholtz, and Thomas Jefferson.

Prerequisite(s): High school algebra and geometry. Please also check the current course schedule for requirements.

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