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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Mathematical Sciences

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Robert Valenza

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Senior Thesis at CMC is often described institutionally as the capstone of one’s undergraduate education. As such, I wanted my own to accurately capture and reflect how I’ve grown as a student and mathematician these past four years. What follows is my attempt to distill lessons I learned in mathematics outside the curriculum, written for incoming undergraduates and anyone with just a little bit of mathematical curiosity. In it, I attempt to dispel some common preconceptions about mathematics, namely that it’s uninteresting, formulaic, acultural, or completely objective, in favor of a dynamic historical and cultural perspective, with particular attention paid to the early twentieth century search to secure the foundations of mathematics and a detailed look at contemporary Hungarian mathematics. After doing so, I conclude that the scope of mathematics is not what one might expect but that it’s still absolutely worth doing and appreciating.