Making “we just don’t know” accessible and beautiful


Mathematics can sometimes feel set, like concrete - questions have an unambiguous, well-known answer, and have been answered by legions of students before them, each chasing the tick and fearing the cross.

The unsolved areas of mathematics are not all high up the ivory towers of expert, career mathematics. The frontier, where the best anyone can say is “we just don’t know”, is often right beneath our feet!

This talk will present a rationale (with examples and advice) for introducing unsolved problems in your high school classroom. From moving a sofa around a corner to Goldbach, four fours to Collatz, the enormity of large numbers, and more. These problems possess a unique ability to inspire exploration and creativity in students, solidify understanding throughout the curriculum as a whole, while teaching them (and you!) the power, the limits, and the beauty of mathematics.

Andrew Crisp

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
D-42 06/12/2018 02:30 pm 03:30 pm La Trobe University
I-21 07/12/2018 02:30 pm 03:30 pm La Trobe University


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