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Interesting ideas for mathematics presentation

  1. Feb 4, 2015 #1
    I will be doing a presentation in the science symposium at my community college. The common theme is always topics from biology or chemistry but never from physics or mathematics.. I am a Math major and love pure mathematics, I am interested in presenting the great theorems of mathematics inspired by William Dunham's book called " Journey through the genius". The presentation will be around 12-15 minutes where I will try to present some of these theorems in the most interesting way. Other topics I had in my mind were Quipu : The mathematics of the Incas. Number theory and Golden ratio. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. Feb 4, 2015 #2

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    I would stay away from this as it's nothing but hand waving.
     
  4. Feb 4, 2015 #3
    These? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quipu

    I think they'd make for a pretty interesting presentation.
     
  5. Feb 4, 2015 #4

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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.
     
  6. Feb 5, 2015 #5
    Why is the golden ratio nothing but hand waving?
     
  7. Feb 5, 2015 #6

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    It is often misused, you'll see it used with numerology and pseudoscience and outright woowoo.
     
  8. Feb 5, 2015 #7
    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.

     
  9. Feb 5, 2015 #8
    Thanks for the suggestions. I will be sticking to my original plan of theorems.
     
  10. Feb 5, 2015 #9

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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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  11. Feb 5, 2015 #10
    I really appreciate your input guys. I shall be doing a presentation about the Pythagoras theorem. Three theorems will be covered. 1) Algebraic 2) Geometric 3) Trigonometric with historical background, significance and a proof accompanied with each one.
     
  12. Feb 6, 2015 #11
    Ah well! Today was the final day of the topic submission. I ended up choosing to do a presentation on Euler's identity, An in-depth analysis from a historical, mathematical and scientific perspective. The presentation will be held in late April.
     
  13. Feb 6, 2015 #12

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    Sounds interesting, good luck with it!
     
  14. Feb 6, 2015 #13
    Thanks a lot.
     
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