Math Workshop: Abstraction & Algebra

09/08/2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM PT


Gutenberg College
1883 University Street
Eugene, OR 97403


Algebra, for many, is a difficult subject because it appears to be a set of meaningless rules and procedures without content. In a word, it is abstract. This workshop will look at the nature of abstraction and what role it plays in mathematics, language, and thought. Space is limited.

Skills Acquired:

In this workshop, students will:

  1. Learn about the skill of abstraction,

  2. Learn about formal and tacit forms of knowledge, and

  3. Understand the historical origins and purposes of algebra.


Materials: Students should bring note taking materials if desired. ​Students should bring assigned readings.(Information about assigned readings will be provided via email prior to the workshop.) Students should bring a lunch.

Registration Costs:

  before August 18 August 18-September 8
Single Student $47 $57
Family $67 $77

Limited scholarships are available.


About the Instructor:

Gutenberg College tutor Chris SwansonChris Swanson, the president and a tutor at Gutenberg, was one of the men who began planning Gutenberg College a few years before it opened in 1994. Prior to that he taught at the University of Oregon, Northwest Christian College, and Westmont College. During the early years of the college he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oregon studying quantum fluids. ​He holds a B.S. summa cum laude from Westmont College in Mathematics and Physics and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oregon. ​He became Gutenberg College’s second president in 2016.​​

Chris and his wife, Cynthia, ​have three children, two sons and a daughter. ​Both of their sons graduate​d​ from Gutenberg​. ​

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