This ten-week component will consist of an in-depth study of how cultural and personal beliefs about infinity influencInfinity in the Development of Scienceed the development of quantitative reasoning and science over the centuries. Special focus will be given to the antecedents of modern beliefs about infinity. Emphasis will also be given to the contributions of different cultures. The beliefs about infinity studied in this component will come from philosophy, religion, literature, science and art and be presented through readings, slides and videos.
Students (individually or in groups of two or three) will be asked to engage in a research project on a topic related to infinity, culminating in the submission of a research paper and presentation of the topic to the class. Each student will also be required to complete 3 short reaction papers, a midterm exam, a take-home final exam essay, and several in-class discussions/projects.