Euler's Vision: Mathematics through drama


This presentation is a rehearsed reading of a dramatic work titled Euler's Vision. The great Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler (1707 - 83) spent the last years of his life in St Petersburg, Russia, where he died and was buried in the Alexander Nevsky cemetery. Unhindered by blindness and failing health, Euler continued his prodigious mathematical work until the very end. This dramatic piece has the blind Euler Interacting with the seven entities that comprise one of the most important formulas in mathematics: e, i, pi, +, 1, =, 0. As with my previous work exploring mathematics through various literary genres, Euler's Vision humanises mathematics by placing it in a cultural and historical context. Mathematics through the matrix of literature can serve as a pedagogical tool for imbuing future teachers with a deeper appreciation of the subject. Work of this kind is also important in making STEM more visible to the wider community.

Tom Petsinis

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
I-12 06/12/2019 02:30 pm 03:30 pm La Trobe University, Bundoora


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