Science Café Cleveland presents


"Prove It! Who Says Theoretical Math is Hard?"


JUNE 11, 2012




Daniel Solow

Professor, Department of Operations, Weatherhead School of Management, CWRU




Did you ever wonder what a proof is? Come find out and discover that learning to do mathematical proofs is like learning to play chess. In chess, you have to learn the names of the pieces and how they move. For proofs, you have to learn the names of the “proof techniques” and how they work. As an in-class test, I will present several simple examples and you will have to decide if I have proved it or not. Will you pass or fail? (This talk requires no knowledge beyond high school geometry and algebra.)




Daniel Solow was born in Washington, D.C. at a very young age. He soon learned that Danny was his name and mathematics was his game. After completing his Ph.D. at Stanford in 1978, he has been a professor at Case Western Reserve University where he developed systematic methods for teaching mathematical proofs and reasoning. He also does basic research in developing algorithms for solving mathematical problems and builds mathematical models to study the role of leadership.




What Do We Mean by Mathematical Proof? by Todd CadwalladerOlsker


The History and Concept of Mathematical Proof by Steven G. Krantz




WHERE: The Market Garden Brewery

(Located at 1947 West 25th Street next to the West Side Market, Cleveland, Ohio)


WHEN: June 11, 2012

Drinks at 6:30 pm, discussion starts around 7:00 pm


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN

ideastream, and the Market Garden Brewery



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