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In summary, the speaker will be doing a 12-15 minute presentation on the great theorems of mathematics inspired by William Dunham's book "Journey through the genius". Other potential topics mentioned were Quipu, number theory, and the golden ratio, but the speaker will be sticking to their original plan of theorems. The golden ratio was deemed as often being misused and straying into pseudoscience. The speaker eventually decided on doing a presentation on Euler's identity, which will cover its historical, mathematical, and scientific significance. The presentation will be held in late April.

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I would stay away from this as it's nothing but hand waving.sunny79 said:Other topics I had in my mind were Quipu : The mathematics of the Incas. Number theory and Golden ratio

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Evo said:I would stay away from this as it's nothing but hand waving.

These? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quipu

I think they'd make for a pretty interesting presentation.

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He was talking about golden ratio. If he wants to do a historical report just about how the Inca counted, no problem, if that's allowed.jack476 said:These? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quipu

I think they'd make for a pretty interesting presentation.

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Why is the golden ratio nothing but hand waving?

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It is often misused, you'll see it used with numerology and pseudoscience and outright woowoo.ulianjay said:Why is the golden ratio nothing but hand waving?

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ulianjay said:Why is the golden ratio nothing but hand waving?

It's really more of an observation than a rigorously derived result. And Evo is right that it can stray dangerously close to math woo.

Evo said:It is often misused, you'll see it used with numerology and pseudoscience and outright woowoo.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I will be sticking to my original plan of theorems.

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Anyway, looking back, I don't think the OP meant to combine the Inca and the golden ratio, I believe he meant them as separate topics..

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Sounds interesting, good luck with it!sunny79 said:

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Thanks a lot.

Some potential ideas for a mathematics presentation could include exploring the mathematics behind a famous piece of art or architecture, discussing the applications of mathematics in everyday life, or examining the history and development of a specific mathematical concept or theory.

One way to make a mathematics presentation more engaging is to incorporate hands-on activities or demonstrations that allow the audience to participate and see the concepts in action. Additionally, using visual aids such as graphs, diagrams, or videos can help make the presentation more interactive and easier to understand.

When explaining complex mathematical concepts, it's important to break them down into smaller, more manageable parts and use real-world examples to illustrate their applications. It can also be helpful to use analogies or visual aids to make the concept more relatable and easier to grasp.

One way to keep your audience interested in a mathematics presentation is to vary your presentation style and incorporate different types of media, such as videos, images, and interactive elements. It's also important to engage with your audience and encourage them to ask questions or participate in activities throughout the presentation.

Some common misconceptions about mathematics include the idea that it is only used for solving equations or that it is a subject that is only suited for certain types of people. These misconceptions can be addressed in a presentation by showcasing the diverse applications and real-world relevance of mathematics, and highlighting the fact that anyone can develop an understanding and appreciation for the subject with the right approach.

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