February 20

Earth and Beyond

Wednesday’s Big Idea

Deep Learning

A fundamental aspect of deep learning is the ability to apply skills to the real world. There is deep risk, therefore, in teaching subjects like math without demonstrating its relevancy to our own world. 

Tom Hartsfield demonstrates in today's lesson that basic geometry is used "in almost every engineering project and every physics discovery that has ever been made." If we consider the related idea put forward by thinkers such as Conrad Wolfram that our economy is transitioning into a "computational knowledge economy," then math skills no longer seem abstract, but deeply relevant to a student's chance of success in life.

In such an advanced economy, Wolfram argues, "high-level math is integral to what everyone does." Still more profoundly, experimental research suggests that "our experience of beauty relates most strongly to mathematical language." Now it's time to put the beauty back in the teaching of math. 

  1. 1 Geometries of the Universe: The M...
  2. 2 Math is the Mind of God
  3. 3 Blending Math With Beauty
  4. 4 Reinventing Math for the Computat...
   
  1. Geometries of the Universe: The Math of Knowledge Advancement

    Geometries of the Universe: The Math of Knowledge Advancement

    What can math be used for? Here's a wise answer: two basic forms of geometry are used in almost every engineering project and every physics discovery that has ever been made.

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  2. Math is the Mind of God

    Math is the Mind of God

    Dr. Kaku says we might imagine God as we know him to be a mathematician: "The mind of God we believe is cosmic music, the music of strings resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace. That is the mind of God." 

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  3. Blending Math With Beauty

    Blending Math With Beauty

    How a quest to combine aesthetics with mathematics produced one of math’s most famous, and gorgeous, images: the Mandelbrot set.

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  4. Reinventing Math for the Computational Knowledge Economy

    Reinventing Math for the Computational Knowledge Economy

    A new math curriculum is needed to move us from the knowledge economy to "the computational knowledge economy where high-level math is integral to what everyone does."

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