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Linfield College
Talk Abstract
I will discuss two courses I have developed and led with undergraduate mathematics students. The first follows in the footsteps of Leonhard Euler and considers a small part of his impact in a few fields of mathematics. The course starts in St. Petersburg, Russia, then moves to Berlin, Germany, and ends in Basel, Switzerland. In the second course, I traveled with students to China and Japan. In China, we studied ancient Chinese mathematics and traveled to Beijing and Xi'an. In Kyoto, Japan, we discussed the influence of Chinese mathematics on Japanese mathematics, and studied sangaku, which were geometry problems on wooden tablets that were left as offerings or challenges to visitors to shrines and temples during the Edo period. We also visited shrines with existing sangaku.
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