Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Could easily be one of the best, most powerful, sets of perspectives, I’ve ever read :)

The Mathematical Yawp

Why does the practice of mathematics often fall short of our ideals and hopes?  How can the deeply human themes that drive us to do mathematics be channeled to build a more beautiful and just world in which all can truly flourish?  I gave this Retiring Presidential Address at the AMS-MAA Joint Winter Meetings on January 6, 2017 at the end of my term as President of the Mathematical Association of America.  An audio recording of this talk is available.

Every being cries out silently to be read differently.
 ― Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

Christopher is an inmate in a high-security federal prison not far from Atlanta.  He’s been in trouble with the law since he was 14.  He didn’t finish high school, had an addiction to hard drugs, and age 21, his involvement in a string of armed robberies landed him in prison with a 32-year…

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