# The Department of Mathematics 29th Annual Owens Lecture

This event is in the past.

**Title:** Mathematics for Human Flourishing

**Speaker:** Francis Su, Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College

**Abstract:** People often say “math is a universal language”, but that adage only superficially describes how mathematics unites human beings. Math is more than just a way to describe the world, and it is more than just a set of skills, like doing arithmetic or factoring a quadratic. Math is a deeply human enterprise that fulfills basic human longings, such as for beauty and truth, and when taught well, it builds virtues like persistence, creativity, and a competence to solve problems you’ve never seen before. These virtues will serve you well no matter what you do in life. The deep connection between mathematics and human desires show why people in every culture around the globe do mathematics, not just to build things and conduct commerce, but for enjoyment and exploration. An incarcerated man—now my friend—has helped me see this more clearly than ever before.

***Coffee will be served prior to the start of the lecture at 2:30 pm.

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