Theories of Exchange: Social Life of Gifts and Commodities
Description: Seminar, four hours. Informal approach to mathematics and engineering topics. Ideas through stories from historical and anthropological sources. Simplification of topics that cause difficulties in traditional mathematics. Examples emphasize practical solutions. In place of terms used in mathematics, relevant views from popular culture, including gambling, playing card games, and student contributions. Sources include computer, control, space, and other contemporary scientific issues, and reckoning cases from East Asia, South America, and Polynesia. P/NP or letter grading.