Mathematics: The Lost Liberal Art

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David Maxham explores the role of Mathematics in a Liberal Arts education. Contrary to popular perception, the Liberal Arts include a robust commitment not only to mathematics, but to a mathematical way of thinking. We don’t achieve this for our students, however, simply by slogging through the usual progression of math courses. The mathematical art of liberty must be nurtured, and Dave offers some thoughts on what that looks like here.

Dave Maxham

About the guest:

Dave Maxham


David Maxham grew up in New Jersey and went to Rutgers College, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Classics, also studying linguistics and psychology. Before coming to The Heights in 2013, he taught high school math in the public schools for four years, in Newark, New Jersey and Dunellen, New Jersey. He loves music and plays the piano and guitar. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Samantha, and seven children.