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CASE CHAPTER OF SIGMA XI

 

Science Café Cleveland

 

 

presents

 

 

"Prove It! Who Says Theoretical Math is Hard?"

 

 

 

June 11, 2012

 


 

FEATURING: 

Daniel Solow

Professor, Department of Operations, Weatherhead School of Management, CWRU

 

 

 

EVENT INFORMATION:

 

Did you ever wonder what a proof is? Come find out and discover that learning to do mathematical proofs is like learning to play chess. In chess, you have to learn the names of the pieces and how they move. For proofs, you have to learn the names of the “proof techniques” and how they work. As an in-class test, I will present several simple examples and you will have to decide if I have proved it or not. Will you pass or fail? (This talk requires no knowledge beyond high school geometry and algebra.)

 

 

BIOGRAPHY:

 

Daniel Solow was born in Washington, D.C. at a very young age. He soon learned that Danny was his name and mathematics was his game. After completing his Ph.D. at Stanford in 1978, he has been a professor at Case Western Reserve University where he developed systematic methods for teaching mathematical proofs and reasoning. He also does basic research in developing algorithms for solving mathematical problems and builds mathematical models to study the role of leadership.

 

 

LINKS:

 

What Do We Mean by Mathematical Proof? by Todd CadwalladerOlsker

The History and Concept of Mathematical Proof by Steven G. Krantz

 

 

EVENT DETAILS:

 

WHERE: The Market Garden Brewery

(Located at 1947 West 25th Street next to the West Side Market, Cleveland, Ohio)

 

WHEN: June 11, 2012

Drinks at 6:30 pm, discussion starts around 7:00 pm

 

WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN

ideastream, and the Market Garden Brewery

 

 

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