Math, Magic, and Mystery
James Propp (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
Monday, April 21, 2014
Is mathematics more like science or magic? By "magic" I don't mean the sort of thing Penn and Teller do; I mean the sort of thing Gandalf and Dumbledore do. I've come to feel that playing with mathematical ideas is a lot like being a practicing wizard in a world where magic is possible. I'll share some of the experiences that have led me to this perspective.