The Art of Mathematical Thinking

A First-Year Seminar at Amherst College

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Image courtesy of Clint Sprott, Wisconsin Physics Department

Course Description:

This is a seminar for first-year students that will be taught in the fall of 2002. The course will discuss fundamental questions about infinity, finding numerical patterns in nature, symmetry, making and breaking codes, knots and links, chaos and fractals, and surprising chance occurrences. The textbook is "The Heart of Mathematics:An invitation to effective thinking" by Burger and Starbird. Visit for more information on the text.