Life Through a Mathematician's Eyes
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Life Through a Mathematician's Eyes

understanding our world through mathematics
4.5 (9 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
31 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2018
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will learn how mathematics explains natural phenomena, the inner-workings of the technology we use in our daily lives, and how it interacts with art. Concretely, at the end of the course, you will be able to explain why the Fibonacci numbers appear so commonly in nature, why rainbows always appear at an angle of 42 degrees and why kittens curl into a ball when sleeping; you will be able to prove the mathematics behind, or implement algorithmically, one technology we utilize in our daily lives, such as RSA encryption, artificial neural networks or quaternion rotation. Finally, you will have a confident understanding of the two-sided interaction between art and mathematics.
Requirements
  • The most important prerquisite is curiosity. An understanding of high-school geometry is helpful, but not mandatory.
Description

In this unique course, you will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for all aspects of life around you through the use of mathematics. The course will discuss how you can understand nature in mathematical terms, the math behind the scenes of the technology we rely on in our daily lives, and the interplay between math and art.

Who this course is for:
  • Students and professionals interested in seeing how mathematics explains aspects of nature, powers the technology we use in our daily lives, and interacts with art. Anyone curious about the profession of a mathematician will benefit from this course..
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 59:40
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:18
This short self-assessment will help you track what you have learned by the end of the course.
Pre-self-assessment
3 questions
+ Math and Nature
7 lectures 25:50

This quiz will help you review what you have learned in the lecture on math in the garden.

Math in the Garden - Quiz
4 questions
Fibonacci Numbers and Flowers - Quiz
3 questions
Watching Water - Quiz
4 questions
Crystallography
05:03
Crystallography - Quiz
5 questions
Rainbows
03:58
Rainbows - Quiz
5 questions
How the Leopard got its Spots
04:41
How the Leopard Got its Spots - Quiz
4 questions
Reaction-Diffusion in Photoshop
01:31
Reaction-Diffusion in Photoshop - Quiz
1 question
In this assignment, you will get a chance to research a topic in nature on your own, and become acquainted with the mathematics behind it.
Math and Nature - Exploratory Assignment
2 questions
+ Math and Technology
4 lectures 19:00
Introduction
00:12
Internet Security
06:35
Internet Security - Quiz
5 questions
Artificial Intelligence
05:07
Artifical Intelligence - Quiz
5 questions
Graphics
07:06
Graphics - Quiz
9 questions
In this assignment, you will select one of the three topics discussed in this section, and aim to understand it through a hands-on exercise.
Applications of Mathematics - Hands-on Assignment
2 questions
+ Math and Art
5 lectures 13:32
Introduction
00:17
Math-inspired Visual Art - Part 1
03:22
Math-inspired Visual Art - Quiz 1
3 questions
Math-inspired Visual Art - Part 2
03:07
Math-inspired Visual Art - Quiz 2
4 questions
Art-inspired Mathematics
06:25
Art-inspired Mathematics - Quiz
7 questions
This short self-assessment will help you track what you have learned in the course.
Post-self-assessment
3 questions
Conclusion
00:21