\n(1) What makes math universal? Its results seem independe nt of time and place. No one doubts Euclid's or Pythagoras' theorems o f thousands of years ago\, even if we think some of the proofs aren't correct. No one since Hitler and Stalin thinks its correctness depends on race\, religion or nationality. But will the same math be found wh erever there's life in the universe?

\n \n(2) Why is math so usefu l? Try spending a day without thinking about numbers.

\n \n(3) Its results seem absolutely true. But are they? If they are\, how can we prove it? And if we can prove it\, how do we know our proof is correct ?

\n \nReadings:

\n \nEssays in Humanistic Mathematics: Mathem atical Association of America

\n \nWhat is Mathematics Really? R. Hersh\, Oxford University Press

\n \nWhere Mathematics Comes from: G. Lakoff & R Nunez\, Basic Books

\n \nThe Math Gene: K. Devlin\, Basic Books URL:https://www.physics.wisc.edu/events/?id=4879 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR