Logic and Reasoning Institute Colloquium Talk

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 3:30 PM

3:30 p.m.
Room 208, Roop Hall

Dr. Edwin O’Shea, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at JMU, presents “The Logic and Comforts of Euclid's Elements.”

Euclid’s “Elements” was once considered a bedrock of every liberal
arts education. Plato’s Academy is said to have barred the way to all
those who were ignorant of geometry and both Jefferson and Lincoln
swore by the authority of its logic. The influence of Euclid is still
felt today with much of modern mathematics modeled on the Elements’
axiomatic structure yet “Elements” is no longer read as it once was, not
even by mathematicians.

O’Shea will make the case that it ought to be
read by all and will offer some first reflections on professing Euclid
to disparate audiences: a general education class where it is the
primary text and a 400-level class for future high-school math