Elementary and Advanced Perspectives of Measurement and Ratio


March 30, 2018 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Campbell Hall 443


James Madden, Louisiana State University


Measurement, ratio, and proportion are topics in elementary school mathematics, yet there are profound connections to current research in algebra and analysis, e.g., the theorem of Hölder on archimedean totally-ordered groups, the Yosida Representation Theorem for archimedean vector lattices, and my own work interpreting the Yosida Theorem in point-free topology. In this talk, I will trace the history of ratio from Eudoxus to "point-free Yosida", with stops along the way to examine interactions between academic mathematics and the mathematics taught in school.