The first objective of the course is to help students attain proficiency in mathematical expositions. The second objective is to help students prepare presentations of mathematical topics with efficient and effective uses of the languages of mathematics and English. The third objective is to introduce students to selected "wordprocessing" systems that can make writing mathematical equations easy. "A MATHEMATICIAN, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas. ... The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's, must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics." -- G.H. Hardy " |