Mathematics at King's
The mathematics program at King's adds incredible value to any degree. We study detailed mathematical models of reality, not just in natural science but also in social science, business, and economics. We study the logic of patterns found not just in natural structure but also music theory, language, games, and human behaviours. We delve into abstraction and, along with philosophers and theologians, wonder about the existence of things like numbers which seem so necessary and eternal.
I often compared mathematics to a walk in the mountains: the approach is long and hared, with lots of twists and turns and steep climbs. You think you’re finally there, but there’s still one more turn ... You sweat the strain, but where you reach the summit of the pass, the reward is truly beyond compare: that amazement, that ultimate beauty of mathematics, that hard-won, utterly unique beauty.
Alain Badiou, from his essay “In Praise of Mathematics”
King’s offers a variety of mathematics courses with diverse topics. Students can also select to pursue a particular mathematical interest through a directed study.
In addition to being offered as a minor, mathematics can also be taken as a teachable major in preparation for the 2-year After degree in Secondary Education. If you find solving mathematical problems rewarding, that reward is only enriched when you can help your mathematics students reach that mathematical breakthrough of understanding.
King's mathematics professors and staff are committed to:
Inspiring in students a delight in abstract mathematical problems.
Improving students' technical skills in abstract thinking, logical reasoning, problem solving, and numeracy.
Helping students investigate the wide variety of ways in which mathematical ideas and structures are used to describe natural creation and human systems.
Preparing interested students to be able to teach mathematics effectively in grade schools.
Mathematics from a Christian perspective
King’s professors acknowledge and use the wonderful analytic power of mathematics, while realizing its subtle limitations and restrictions.
Mathematics can uncover remarkably intricate aspects of natural and social system, yielding a kind of scientific truth expressed in precise numeric models. However, this kind of truth is one among many ways of knowing the world. We can joyfully describe creation mathematically without having to reduce all phenomena to simply their quantitative properties.
In its wonderful analytic power and playful abstraction, we also realize that mathematics, like all academic disciplines, exists as part of our human life and is oriented by our hopes, dreams, needs, and purposes. At King's, we explore how mathematics, both in itself and as an applied discipline, can become part of the great divine vision of making all things new.