How Round is a Cube? A Sideways Interpretation of Euler’s Famous Polyhedron Formula
with James Tanton
Thursday, February 25, 2021 • Thursday, March 4, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
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The Earth seems flat for us living on it, at least locally. And the Earth would seem very flat for most people living on it if it were the shape of a cube—only those living on the cube’s edge might suspect something strange is going on. What is the “degree” of that strangeness? Can we measure it? Could we get a measure of the overall “non-flatness” of a cube from what these folks have to say? Let’s explore these peculiar, amorphous questions and whether they lead us to conclude that a cube is, actually, just as round (aka “equally flat”) as a sphere.
This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.
Dr. James Tanton earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University. He is an author, a consultant, and ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America, chair of the Advisory Council for the National Museum of Mathematics, and a founder of the Global Math Project, an initiative to transform the entire world’s perception of what mathematics can, and should, be. James has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions. He advises on curriculum, consults with teachers, and gives demonstration classes, lectures, and professional development sessions across the globe. He is also a recipient of a Joint Policy Board for Mathematics communication award.