3K08 Mathematical Degustations

Tutor/Facilitator Kevin Anderson

Date: on/from Wed 10 Nov 2021 to Wed 1 Dec 2021
Frequency: Weekly
Class time: 11:30-12:30

Delivered ZOOM

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Follow up to ‘A mathematical tasting plate of eight delicacies‘.

Coverage of eight epochs in mathematics, follow up of contemporary protagonists with more detail and more examples from previous course:

  1. Euclid, Archimedes 300 BCE – Elements, geometry, quadratics, square root, pi(), conic sections, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle
  2. Hindu Arabic up to 13th century – replace Roman abacus, constructible Ngon, Islamic patterns, Fibonacci, golden ratio
  3. Cardano, Descartes 16th century – analytical geometry, binomials, cubics, probability, cartesian, imaginary, Fermat, Pascal
  4. Newton, Liebnitz seminal 1666 – celestial, light, laws of motion, calculus, Kepler, Galileo, Bernouilli, Euler
  5. Gauss, Maxwell 19th century – Boole, Fourier, Riemman, Weierstrass
  6. Godel, Turing 1930’s – incomplete, inconsistent, Turing machine, Von Neumann, Shannon
  7. Jobs, Gates 1980’s – insanely great, Apple, Windows, iPhones et al
  8. Anderson (me) – safety integrity – road, rail, air.

As was said the first time:  Mathematics is a fulsome meal – the eight tasting plates have been progressively expanded as main course, now a degustation.


  • No experience needed
  • Officeworks sponsored books and compasses available

Kevin graduated from Melbourne University in Engineering (1968) and Planning (1972).  Reacting to 1984 Ash Wednesday bushfires he turned to a career of safety critical system software safety assurance, deeply mathematical and still consulting part-time