Monday March 21, 2022
– Live Presentation with Des MacHale –
Session at Noon ET (Atlanta Time).*
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The Humour of MathematicsWe look at the role that humour plays in the teaching and understanding of mathematics, with hilariously funny illustrations and examples. The aim is to show how humour humanises the subject, makes it more enjoyable, and show that mathematicians are prepared to laugh at themselves and their subject. On a more serious level, we examine structural relations between humour and mathematics, for example, a comparison between the theorem and the joke, and a look at people who had a foot in both camps, such as Lewis Carroll, Stephen Leacock and Tom Lehrer.