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Insights into the Nature of Mathematics

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Prime numbers are called the "atoms of arithmetic" and the use of primes is the foundation of cryptography. Combinatorics, the mathematics of counting complicated configurations, is essential to such tasks as mapping the human genome, while the concept of infinity puzzles us since we are finite and live in a finite world. In this course, you will reach beyond formulas and computations to explore the mathematics behind patterns, relationships, and real-world problems. Along the way, you will meet some of the fascinating people who are studying today's emerging questions about mathematics, and learn about the historical significance of typical mathematical concepts. Through Annenberg Learner videos, interactive activities, and problem solving, you will delve into the "why" and not just the "how" of mathematical questions.

Note: This is a self-paced course accessible for one year after enrollment, and not eligible for graduate credit.

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