Course Details

942: Mathematics Elsewhere

February 1, 2, 3, 4
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

We will discuss aspects of mathematics that were developed in four different cultures that were not influenced by Western mathematics. The lectures will cover: 1) Maya calendars and number system, 2) Wari and Inca khipus used for accounting and possibly other purposes, 3) Japanese temple geometry, and 4) Marshall Island stick charts for navigation. No mathematical knowledge is assumed or necessary. This study group has a high class size capacity.

Class Format: Lecture

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Graham Atkinson
Graham Atkinson has a doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University and worked most of his career on applications of mathematics and statistics in health care. He has led OLLI study groups on the Maya language and culture.