Math Across the Cannon Talk
The Art of Logic
Reception at 6:30 pm, Lecture 7:00-8:00 pm
For thousands of years, mathematicians have used the timeless art of logic to see the world more clearly. Today, truth is buried under soundbites, spin, memes, divisive arguments and 'fake news.' Seeing clearly is more important than ever. In this talk, Cheng will show how anyone can think like a mathematician to understand what people are really telling us. Taking a careful scalpel to politics, privilege, sexism and dozens of other real-world situations, Cheng will show that math is not just about numbers and equations, but is about thinking better, and that it can help us find clarity without losing nuance in this complex world of ours.
This event is sponsored by The St. Olaf Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, The Carleton Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Michael Morrill Fund, and the Elizabeth Nason Distinguished Women Visitors Fund.