ECOSF and UISMS jointly hosted a Lecture on Popularising Mathematics and Science by Prof. Asghar Qadir
August 22, 2023 - As part of the Lecture Series on Popularizing Mathematics and Science, jointly hosted by the ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and the Union of Iranian Societies of Mathematical Sciences (UISMS), a webinar entitled "The Beauty and 'Unreasonable' Applicability of Mathematics" was organized and featured Prof. Asghar Qadir as the distinguished speaker. The webinar event aimed to explore the profound role of mathematics in various disciplines and its applications. The webinar was moderated by Mr. Khalil Raza, Programme Manager ECOSF.
Prof. Qadir delivered an engaging presentation on the beauty and applicability of mathematics. He discussed the concept of "unreasonable" applicability, providing compelling examples from various fields, showcasing how mathematics often transcends expectations.
The presentation highlighted the elegance of mathematical theories and their surprising utility in solving complex problems in science, engineering, and economics. Prof. Qadir shared insights into the deep connections between mathematical beauty and practical effectiveness, emphasizing the elegance of mathematical solutions in different domains.
In the Q&A session, Prof. Qadir addressed a variety of questions providing further clarity on mathematical concepts and their real-world applications. Participants raised thought-provoking queries related to the challenges of applying mathematics in complex, unpredictable systems, ethical considerations, and the evolving nature of mathematical models. Notably, during the Q&A session, the declining trend of interest in studying mathematics as a subject was highlighted by both Prof. Qadir and several participants.
The webinar was a success, raising critical questions about the declining interest in studying mathematics. While the declining trend is a concern, the webinar served as a platform to initiate a dialogue on how to revitalize interest in mathematics education.