The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #19/2009

The existential void in learning: Juxtaposing mathematics and literature

Bharath Sriraman
The University of Montana

Harry Adrian
Ottawa Township High School, IL


In this chapter unusual relations between mathematics and literature are examined in the context of a number theory problem and contemporary literary work. Lakatosí proofs and refutations is employed as a methodology for the purposes of classroom implementation.

Keywords: interdisciplinarity; proofs and refutations; philosophy of learning

AMS Subject Classification: 97

Pdf: Preprint of chapter to appear in B. Sriraman, V. Freiman & N. Lirette-Pitre (Eds). Interdisciplinarity, Creativity and Learning. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC.