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Published on Feb 9, 2011

11:40 -- 12:40 : Session III

"Producing a Documentary on Mathematics to Engage Students" (14-267)
Laurence Kirby, Professor of Mathematics
This session will feature and discuss the creation of "Plimpton 322: The Ancient Roots of Modern Mathematics", a short documentary film produced by Baruch Media Services, with the aim of inspiring students to pursue mathematics. Set in New York City, this film demonstrates how fundamental aspects of the modern world are driven by mathematics with ancient Middle Eastern, Asian and African origins: timekeeping, compound interest, accounting, spreadsheets, positional notation, algebra, and algorithms.

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