Posted on February 24, 2020 by Tia Lalani

*This event has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience.*    Well, duh … of course it is! For example, mathematics and mathematicians often intertwine with military establishments. Do mathematicians disagree with each other about the purpose of mathematics? Often. Has mathematics been a force for colonization? Sadly, yes. Are purely mathematical propositions either true …

*This event has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience.* 

 

Well, duh … of course it is! For example, mathematics and mathematicians often intertwine with military establishments. Do mathematicians disagree with each other about the purpose of mathematics? Often. Has mathematics been a force for colonization? Sadly, yes. Are purely mathematical propositions either true or false? Surprisingly, no. Despite all this evidence, professor Bill Hackborn claims that mathematics is not as constructed as many sociologists seem to believe. Join professor Hackborn as he argues that mathematics has influenced society more than vice versa. As Galileo said, “mathematics is the language in which the universe is written.” This talk will be engaging, accessible to everyone, and controversial.


Monday, March 16

6 p.m.

Mayer Hall, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre

This event is free to attend and open to the public, but please RSVP


Bill Hackborn has spent his entire teaching career at Augustana, beginning in 1984. His research has changed just as much as the campus over the years and has included fluid dynamics, chaos theory, the history of mathematics (and how it applies to physics), how math is involved in the military-industrial complex and mathematical models of social behaviour. It is in the mathematics funded by the military-industrial complex, as well as in the disagreements and divisions between applied and pure math, that Bill finds proof of mathematics as a social construct; on the other hand, to the extent that math is able to describe physical reality, he sees mathematics as standing apart from human societies. He is excited to address these ideas in his professorial lecture.

When not spending time teaching or doing research, Bill likes to read for pleasure alongside his wife who teaches English at the University of Calgary. He also has three children who all work in the arts; his oldest son is currently completing a master’s in library science at the University of Alberta’s North Campus, while his middle son is very involved with the drama community in the city of Edmonton, where his daughter also works, in theatre design.

 


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