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# Introduction: The Beauty of Mathematics

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Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries

In this course, Professor Satyan Devadoss (University of San Diego) explores some of the most fascinating unsolved problems in mathematics. In the first mini-lecture, we discuss reasons why we should care about cutting-edge mathematics, emphasising the beauty of such mathematics over its usefulness. In the second mini-lecture, we learn about the infinite list of prime numbers and consider the unsolved problem of whether there are infinitely many twin primes. In the third mini-lecture, we look at an unsolved problem called the Happy Ending Problem, that involves drawing simple objects such as dots, lines, and polygons. In the fourth mini-lecture, we look at an unsolved problem in mathematics that involves tying knots. In the fifth mini-lecture, we think about an unsolved problem involving the side and diagonal lengths of boxes, as well as how to draw three-dimensional boxes on a flat plane.

Introduction: The Beauty of Mathematics

In this mini-lecture, we discuss why we should care about mathematics and think about what cutting-edge mathematics involves. In particular, we consider: (i) cutting-edge problems in other disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, economics, art, and music; (ii) the beauty of mathematics; (iii) how the more maths you know the more questions there are to consider; and (iv) how even with a basic understanding of maths, you can access a whole world of beautiful, cutting-edge, unsolved problems in mathematics.

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Devadoss, S. (2022, August 30). Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries - Introduction: The Beauty of Mathematics [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/unsolved-mathematical-mysteries

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Devadoss, S. "Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries – Introduction: The Beauty of Mathematics." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 30 Aug 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/unsolved-mathematical-mysteries

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University of San Diego