Daily Archives: September 9, 2016
Mathematics expresses itself everywhere, in almost every facet of life – in nature all around us, and in the technologies in our hands. The co-efficients needed when a binomial is expanded form a symmetrical triangle, usually referred to as Pascal’s Triangle after the 17th Century French mathematician Blaise Pascal , although many other mathematicians had studied it centuries before him in India , Persia, China and Italy , including Al-Karaji.
It’s perhaps strange that for a subject that relies so strongly on mathematical proof, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to answering the question, what is mathematics?” Aristotle defined mathematics as the science of quantity”, while Isidore Auguste Comte preferred calling it the science of indirect measurement” and Benjamin Peirce the science that draws necessary conclusions”.
We regularly compete in the national William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. The worldwide competition is run by the Consortium for …Read More