A Timeline of Mathematics and Gödel’s Incompleteness:
This week, TED-Ed released a new video on Gödel’s incompleteness theorem. This is the latest in a long list of math video lessons produced by TED-Ed. The timing of the video was perfect for me as I had planned to write this week on Mathigon’s Math Timeline. This timeline includes an entry on Gödel’s incompleteness theorems.
Applications for education
The Mathematics Timeline provides a good opportunity to combine math and history in the same lesson. The early artefacts of the timeline can be used as an introduction to the development of counting and basic art. Items later in the timeline are more appropriate for college and high school conversations.