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MAT 150 Art, Poetry, Mathematics and Society(First Year Seminar) (3 credits)

This course will consider several periods of human history and pre-history, and for each of them discuss the relationship of artistic and mathematical production to each other, to the dominant modes of thought of the society, and to the social and economic base of the society. Periods will include: Paleolithic society in Africa; the Bronze Age in Egypt, Babylonia, China, and India; ancient Greece from Pythagoras to Plato; Medieval Arabic Society; Renaissance and early modern times in Europe; the Romantic period in Europe; the early twentieth century and the impact of Modernism. Course does not fulfill the GEP Mathematics requirement;

Students may NOT receive credit for both this course and for MAT 139– Mathematics, Culture and Society