Humanistic Mathematics: A Philosophy, a Journal, and a Community

Please join us this Thursday, November 12th, at 4:15 PM, in the Founders Room of Honnold/Mudd for a Claremont Discourse lecture and discussion, Humanistic Mathematics: A Philosophy, a Journal, and a Community, sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Library. Speakers are Gizem Karaali (Mathematics, Pomona College) and Mark Huber (Mathematical Sciences, Claremont McKenna College).

The term humanistic mathematics could include a broad range of topics; for its practitioners, humanistic mathematics means "the human face of mathematics." Thus the emphasis with the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, an open access journal published by the Claremont Colleges Library, is on the aesthetic, cultural, historical, literary, pedagogical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological aspects -- in sum, looking at mathematics as a human endeavor. More broadly, the journal provides a forum for both academic and informal discussions about matters mathematical, publishing articles that focus mainly on the doing of mathematics, the teaching of mathematics, and the living of mathematics. It also welcomes contributions about the state of the mathematical profession (both in research and in education), underrepresentation issues within the world of mathematics, mathematics across national and cultural boundaries, mathematical fiction and poetry, personal reflections that provide insight to the inner workings of the mathematical mind, and other types of writing which may stimulate discussion among readers. Overall JHM is a journal where many different conversations about mathematics are welcome and encouraged. The journal's editors, Gizem Karaali and Mark Huber, will discuss the journal and the subject of humanistic mathematics.

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