After completion of the course the student has:
- an understanding of the nature and development of applied mathematics within its societal setting
- insight in the scope and breadth of the practices of mathematical modelling
- the ability to recognize and articulate philosophical and ethical aspects of research in applied mathematics.
Educational organization. Seminars and group assignments.|
Students do assignments analyzing and discussing (about 6) exemplary cases in the development and meaning of practices of applied mathematics and the employment of mathematical models in societal context, on the basis of key figures (Von Neumann, Turing, Wiener, Tinbergen, Van Dantzig, Shannon, Nash) as well as living protagonists. In addition students will discuss aspects of social responsibility and scientific integrity on the basis of exemplars. Students are challenged to come up with their own questions and statements regarding their (future) practice.
Deliverables. Preparation of meetings through readings, presentations, and contributions to discussions; group report.
Assessment. Active participation is required. Grade with oral and written feedback on contributions.