Are Prime Numbers Made Up?

Is math real? Scholars first learn about the Goldbach conjecture and prime numbers as an introduction to the philosophical idea of whether numbers actually exist. The video continues on to use an example of a circle to consider math from realist and antirealist points of view.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners create a graphic organizer comparing and contrasting realism and antirealism
  • Invite a philosophy instructor to give a talk about the philosophy concepts in the video
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should have knowledge of prime numbers and of pi
Pros
  • Thorough explanations and descriptions
  • Animations will hold viewer interest
Cons
  • None