Mathematics Department Colloquium: The Global Histories of Mathematics

Colloquium | November 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Tomoko L. Kitagawa, UC Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society

 Department of Mathematics

We will go on a round-the-world tour of the history of science, technology, and mathematics through six major cities (Amsterdam, Rome, Goa, Kyoto, Beijing, and Paris) of the 17th-century world. The goal of this time travel journey is to capture the circulation of scientific ideas that led to the expansion of imagination. While tracing mathematical ideas, we will discover unexpected connections that 17th century mathematicians had made in various places of the world.

But why do we need to learn the history of mathematics? At the end of this talk, there will be a moment to think about you and your work in a larger timeline. What does mathematical knowledge mean to you? And to the world?

Note: This talk uses various techniques of digital humanities.