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CONTRIBUTOR Newcomb Greenleaf

“Mathematics is central not just to technology and war, but also to communication, medicine, economics, education. Yet all too many of us suffer negative emotions around math, from fear and loathing to boredom and indifference. Our view of mathematics is profoundly influenced by the dominant beliefs of the guild of academic mathematicians, which place mathematics above culture and beyond us.”

http://mathandculture.net/index.html

Newcomb Greenleaf was trained in mathematics, with a doctorate from Princeton, but now works in ethnomathematics, the study of math and culture, whose nonduality he celebrates.
He is currently on the undergraduate faculty of Goddard College, and his previous academic position was Professor of Computer Science at Columbia.

He is working on a book, The Revolution that Failed (and Why it Matters) about the efforts of Errett Bishop to reform mathematics.

LATEST DIALOGUES by Newcomb Greenleaf

Art & Spirit in Mathematics: The Lessons of Japanese Temple Geometry (part I)

Imagine for a moment being in a church where mathematics groups meet regularly to solve geometry problems and to pose new ones, to learn new tools for solving intractable ones, and to celebrate beauty that is…

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The Emptiness and Potency of 108

Buddhism and mathematics two paths to our sacred number maverick mathematician / vajrayana Buddhist I see all of mathematics as marvelous manifestation of emptiness Mathematical objects lack independence through three dependencies on conventional designation on parts…

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Art & Spirit in Mathematics: The Lessons of Japanese Temple Geometry (part II)

Three Temple Geometry Problems Presented on Beautiful Trees I am an occasional artist, and have been working for several years on a series of slides now called Japanese Temple Geometry on Beautiful Trees. Geometric diagrams taken…

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Art & Spirit in Mathematics: The Lessons of Japanese Temple Geometry (part III)

C. The Elegant Economy of the Susaka Triangle This is a dynamic problem, and each slide catches it in three positions. The problem is elegant in its economy, consisting of a right triangle, a circular arc, and…

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