# The Pleasure Principle in Undergraduate Mathematics

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**The Pleasure Principle**

in Undergraduate Mathematics

in Undergraduate Mathematics

**Inaugural lecture**

**6pm, 12 April 2010**

Room 1439, Engineering Building, Ground Floor, 20 Symonds Street

- 6pm. Drinks in the Neon Foyer, Ground floor, 20 Symonds Street
- 6:30-7:30pm. Talk in Room Eng1439, Ground floor, 20 Symonds Street

### Abstract

**Mathematicians speak like addicts about their subject: deep mathematical knowledge is a source of intense and intimate pleasure. What would the undergraduate experience look like if we directed our efforts at getting students addicted?**

Relying on research rather than tradition to guide practice, I propose a design for tempting undergraduates into deep mathematical engagement.

### Parking

Parking is available at $5 per night at the Owen Glenn building in Grafton Rd very near the intersection with Symonds St (about a 3 minute walk from the Engineering building).

Bill Barton

All welcome. The talk is aimed at a general audience

Free entry.

Department of Mathematics, University of Auckland

### About the speaker

Prior to joining the Department of Mathematics in 1993, Bill Barton worked in secondary schools, including a bilingual Māori-English unit. He also presented the television show “Phew Maths” in the early 1980s. He now specialises in ethnomathematics, specifically the relationship between mathematics and language. As a lecturer of mathematics, his interests also lie in university-level education.

In 2010 he became president of ICMI, the world body of mathematics education and leads the ICMI/IMU Klein Project. This project attempts to present the field of research in the mathematical sciences to secondary school teachers in a way that will challenge and inspire them to better introduce mathematics to their students.