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Virtue Magazine — Mathematics

Each issue of Virtue will have articles and interviews from the nation’s leading intellectuals; profiles of outstanding teachers, alumni, and students; succinct descriptions of classical education—what, how, and why we teach the liberal arts; essays by leading academic scholars, relating their work to classical education; and an assortment of topics to keep us all thinking afresh, as we continue to pursue the classical ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty. 

In the modern era, mathematics has arisen to become the international lingua franca of science, enabling empirical researchers and scientists to symbolically represent all types of patterns.

Doing mathematics properly requires one to think in a certain way about a certain sort of thing (mathematics), and eventually one becomes familiar with it and how it tends to go.

A proof is a movement of logic that unfolds as a narrative. It is incumbent upon the mathematician not only to know the truth, but also to communicate the truth to an audience. Therefore, the very act of proof writing is also an act of rhetoric.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950) was one of America’s most talented 20th century poets, whose brilliance as a sonneteer has secured her place in numerous collections of children’s poetry.

This Socratic approach equips students to take more responsibility for their learning, increasing their confidence and motivating them to undertake the further exploration of mathematical reality, just as Socrates did with the young boy in Plato’s Meno.

Practical application often motivates such beautiful abstract mathematics; while, at the same time, abstract thinking often motivates practical mathematics. It’s time to share that side of the coin and how both sides work together.

Virtue is the flagship publication of the Great Hearts Institute. It disseminates stories, ideas, research and experiences in classical education to readers across the nation, helping them pursue the classical ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty.

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