Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible
By Stanford Continuing Studies
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Often described as the science of patterns, mathematics is arguably humanity’s most penetrating mental framework for uncovering the hidden patterns that lie behind everything we see, feel, and experience. Galileo described mathematics as the language in which the laws of the universe are written. Intended to give a broad overview of the field, these five illustrated lectures look at counting and arithmetic, shape and geometry, motion and calculus, and chance and probability, and end with a mind-stretching trip to infinity.
|1||Video1. General Overview and the Development of Numbers (September 26, 2012)||Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible (MATH 103)||10/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||Video2. The Golden Ratio & Fibonacci Numbers: Fact versus Fiction (October 8, 2012)||Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible (MATH 103)||10/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Video3. The Birth of Algebra (October 15, 2012)||Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible (MATH 103)||10/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||Video4. Calculus: One of the Most Successful Technologies of All Time (October 22, 2012)||Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible (MATH 103)||10/30/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||Video5. How Did Human Beings Acquire the Ability to do Mathematics? (October 29, 2012)||Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible (Math 10)||11/15/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Great little lectures that rip away established dogma on certain mathematical topics and provide true facts & insights for those interested in math, history, & humanities.
Only one complaint...
... the course is too short. We are given a brief look at how mathematics was "developed" and insights into some of it's branches. It would be interesting to see more of the history in future lectures. Also, I will forever refer to Fibonacci as Leonardo Pisano filius Bonacci from this point forward. :)