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  • MU Seminar Series: J. Hromkovic - Teaching mathematics and computer science as research instruments

    Juraj Hromkovic, professor of Information Technology and Eduation at the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich since January 2004.
    Teaching mathematics and computer science as research instruments
    Abstract: We view mathematics as a language that was and is developed in order to describe what is describable in an unambiguous way (everybody mastering this language interprets each sentence in the same way) and in order to have a language in which the correctness of each argumentation is verifiable. Together with experiments mathematics became the main research instrument for discovering our world. In this talk we present the history of the development of mathematics and computer science in a concise way and recognize that the main contributions of science are not in discovering facts, but in introducing new concepts that increase the power of our research instruments. Finally, we discuss why and how we have to change our education in mathematics and science that is still living in a more than 100 years old world of technical revolution. The main idea is based on moving from teaching long time optimized and finalized products of scientific work as facts, relationships and methods to teaching the processes of the development of research instruments and of making discoveries. The main goal is to force the intellectual growth of young people, to motivate them to strive to understand and to be creative.
    Place: Mendelovo muzeum, Mendlovo náměstí 907/1A, Brno

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