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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Math Class Reminiscing

We're wrapping up at the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings today! Thanks to everyone who visited our booth. To keep everyone thinking, we have a discussion post.

A stone tablet with Babylonian cuneiform. Source:

If you could go back and re-take any math course, either because you liked it or think you would understand it much better now, which course would you take and why?

As a current college student, I still have plenty of opportunities to take math courses. However, if I could retake one that I've already completed it would be History of Mathematics. It was such an interesting class! I especially liked learning to count in all of the different number systems (for example: Mayan, Babylonian, and Ancient Chinese) and the bits of background that don't come up in regular math classes. Did you know the Pythagoreans were a cult?

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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