Math Club sponsors talk on the nature of numbers.

12-02-2008

Purdue's Math Club is hosting a talk by Prof. Brad Lucier of the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics entitled The Nature of Numbers: Real Computing on Tues. Dec 9, in BRNG 2290 at 6 pm. Download the flyer.

In elementary school, we are taught about numbers in a concrete way – numbers consist first of single digits, then finite strings of digits. We were shown how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide these representations of numbers. What happens if you continue with the constructive approach to numbers and operations on numbers that began in elementary school? Can you compute as many digits as you like of pi or the square root of 2?

The Math Club is dedicated to promoting enthusiasm and interest in mathematics on the campus through exposing students to exciting branches of mathematics they may have yet to explore in a casual, friendly and fun atmosphere. You can find out more about the club at their website.