Invention or Inspiration? – A Conversation With Larry Lesser, PhD

Invention or Inspiration? – A Conversation With Larry Lesser, PhD

Through his work with the Scientists in Synagogues programming at Temple Mount Sinai, Dr. Larry Lesser has brought mathematics into the purview of the program, with discussions on infinity and the Infinite, different forms of truth, and the role of logic in both mathematics and the Talmud. And the question of where math and numbers come from – is mathematics invented by humans, or “created” and then “discovered” in nature — is in part a question about science and religion. What does this imply about the claims made by mathematics-driven fields like data science, as well as ethics and morality?

Larry Lesser, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences of The University of Texas at El Paso. His education work includes connections among math/statistics, Judaism, and music.




Next week, on on Tuesday, November 16th at 2pm EST, we will be speaking with Dr. Lisa Miller, a professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the author of New York Times bestseller The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving and The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life.

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