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Speaker 
Taavitsainen, Velimatti



Date 
20070525 


Host 



Place 
KAIST 




Abstract : My interest in pedagogical aspects of engineering mathematics arose when I was working as a scientist in a Finnish chemical company called Kemira. My role was to help the engineers to solve problems of mathematical nature in chemical and biotechnical engineering. In the early years of my career I was astonished to notice the lack of understanding even in some very elementary mathematical concepts and the inability to describe problems in mathematical terms. Astonishingly enough, some engineers seemed to be almost proud of not having needed mathematics in their works. Yet, all the engineers I worked with had studied a huge amount of mathematics, at least in terms of time spent for it, typically 12 years in school and 2 to 3 years at university. Why were the results so poor, is mathematics really so difficult, or are we not teaching it in the right way? Could we do something differently? One of the objectives of this lecture is to discuss these questions. 





