A forum with Rafe Mazzeo '78, Chair of the Mathematics Department at Stanford University.

Mathematics has many faces: it is an art, a language, a “handmaiden to the sciences,” a very fruitful way of looking at the world, and an end in itself. This discussion, intended for a general audience, will touch on topics such as the ways in which mathematics fits into a larger cultural context, the mathematical aesthetic, the difference between “pure” and “applied” mathematics, and why a knowledge of this subject must be an integral part of any humanistic education.

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