PBIS 188: Modern Mathematics and Its Applications
This course is designed to bring the excitement of contemporary mathematical ideas to the non-specialist and to help develop the capacity to engage in logical thinking and the ability to read mathematical information critically. We will investigate a broad range of mathematical topics that may be encountered in your day-to-day life, including voting systems, fair division, networks, growth and symmetry, and statistics. Many of the mathematical topics that we will consider may be completely new to you. In fact, much of it has only been discovered within the last 20 years! Nevertheless, the course material will be accessible to anyone with an active curiosity, a willingness to work hard, and a decent background in basic algebra. Interesting and deep mathematics often occurs in places where you might least expect it!