Happy Fibonnaci Day! (11.23)

November 23, 2014 Leave a comment

The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.

~ Psalm 19:1

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More great pictures and commentary on the Fibonacci sequence in nature at www.inspirationgreen.com

20th Biennial ACMS Conference: Call for Papers

November 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Redeemer University College will be hosting the 20th Biennial Conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences. More information on the conference can be found here.

A preliminary call for papers has been posted:

The 20th Biennial ACMS conference will be held at Redeemer University College in Ancaster (a suburb of Hamilton) Ontario, Canada May 27-30, 2015. Details will be posted at www.acmsonline.org/conferences/2015/ACMS_2015_Conference.html

At this time we are accepting presentation proposals for the parallel sessions. Proposals need to include the presenter’s name, presentation title, and a presentation abstract (preferably in Tex/LaTeX if any mathematical symbols are used, not exceeding 250 words). Most presentations are expected to last 15 minutes plus a 5 minute transition time between speakers. A selection of the presentations will be longer: 25 minutes with a 5 minute transition. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for a longer presentation. There will also be a poster session, especially for students. You will be notified at a later date whether your selection is approved.

There will also be some limited opportunities for one or two 45-minute panel sessions. Proposals for panel sessions are welcome, including potential panel members. We will also consider proposals for Birds of a Feather sessions. Send suggestions directly to acms2015@cs.redeemer.ca

We are looking for presentations in both computer science and mathematics. General categories would include (but not necessarily be limited to)

  1. the interaction of faith and discipline
  2. pedagogy
  3. history of the discipline or interesting topics/achievements of the past
  4. society and discipline interaction
  5. current research of general interest (with an audience of primarily non-subdiscipline-experts)

Proposals should be sent to acms2015@cs.redeemer.ca by February 16, 2015.
After that date, proposals will be considered if space remains.

Math for Goodness Sake

The following is from a presentation I gave at the 2014 Society for Classical Learning Conference. The title of my talk was “Math for Goodness Sake.” Here is the abstract:

The mission of Regents School of Austin (and undoubtedly any classical Christian education) is to equip students to know, love and practice that which is true, good and beautiful. How does the teaching of mathematics fit into this mission? There are numerous resources that address the beauty and truth of mathematics, but how do we instill in students an appreciation for the inherent goodness of math (especially since many students experience mathematics as confusing, stressful and generally contrary to anything considered good)?

Mathematics is at its core a good and virtuous activity and its enjoyment is not reserved for the “intellectual elite.” This talk will examine how the goodness of mathematics is actually rooted in a proper understanding of the ordered nature of God. When viewed through this lens we can see mathematics as a missional activity that increases our versatility as worshipers of Christ. Several practical methods for developing what I term “mathematical affections” will be presented for consideration and classroom use.

You can find a full list of presenters and the topics discussed in the 2014 SCL Conference Program. To get a further idea of some of the great discussion the SCL has going on the teaching of mathematics specifically I highly recommend checking out the SCL Journal, Fall 2013 – Moving Beyond Mechanics: Teaching Math Classically.

Below you will find my PowerPoint presentation (simply click the image for the link) and the written outline of my talk. I believe SCL will be recording presentations, so hopefully I will eventually be able to post (or link to) the audio as well.

UPDATE (8/15/14): Here is a link to the audio. You may need to become a member of the Society for Classical Learning website in order to access the linked audio, though I am not sure. 

Math for Goodness Sake Outline.

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