Calculus / Physics

“The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God and which He revealed to us in the language of mathematics.”

 - Johannes Kepler

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What is Mathematics? (James Nickels, chapter 7)

1.      Mathematics is a tool that is used to describe the wonders of God’s creation.
2.      Since creation reveals the Creator, then mathematics is a tool that reveals the attributes of God.
3.      In accordance with the dominion mandate given shortly after creation, mathematics is a tool that enables man to take constructive and godly dominion over God’s creation.  Since man must be godly in order to take constructive dominion, then man must be presented with the claims of Christ, the Redeemer.
4.      Certain mathematical principles can be used as a tool that aids God’s people in fulfilling God’s worldwide missionary mandate.


“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—
His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, 
being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

Romans 1:20

 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”

 Psalm 19:1-2

Calculus Student Presentations

Theme: History of Mathematics (Physics)

Bradwardine (1290-1349) PPS Show       View Notes
(Paul Stolarczuk)
Oresme (1230-1382) PPS Show       View Notes
(Mr. Bird)

John Napier (1550-1617)

PPT Show       View Notes
(Justin Fuller)

Kepler (1571-1630)

PPS Show       View Notes
(Cara Dobrovodsky)

Pascal (1623-1662)

PPS Show       View Notes
(Ben Wolma)
Newton (1642-1727) & Leibniz (1646-1716) PPS Show    Notes 1    Notes 2
(Jordan Harp)

Bernoulli Family Tree (1654-1807)

PPS Show  (Aaron Stoner)
Euler (1707-1783) PPS Show    Notes 1    Notes 2
(Tanner Kinkead)
Cauchy (1789-1857) PPS Show  (Matt Habegger)

James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

PDF (Mr. Bird)
PPS Show  (Jordan Harp)

Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866)

PPS Show       View Notes
(Maggie Terp)

Physics Student Presentations

NASA Student Symposium 2011 presentation (Kristen & Sarah)

Theme: Arguments for the existence of God 

Cosmic Constants

PPS Show  (Darby Truax)
Cosmological Argument   PPS Show  (Reid Goldsmith & Ben McAtee)
The Design Argument   PPS Show  (Dana & Betsy Harris)
God & the Meaning of Life PPS Show  (Josh Hedges & Aaron Homoya)
Science & Christianity PPS Show  (Daphne Brenner & Dave Scott)
God and Galileo: Are Science and Faith Compatible? PPT Show  (Mr. Bird)

The Purpose of Science

PPT Show  (Mr. Bird)

 other resources:

ACMS paper & ppt

Send comments to:Triad of Greatest Physicists: Newton, Maxwell, & Einstein

seanbird@covenantchristian.org

 

Bibliography for Calculus Presentations

Bell, E.T. Men of Mathematics. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986. 

Graves, Dan. Scientists of Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Resources, 1996. 

Katz, Victor J. A History of Mathematics. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc., 1998. 

Nickel, James. Mathematics: Is God Silent?. Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 2001. 

Zimmerman, Larry L., Truth & the Transcendent: The Origin, Nature, and Purpose of Mathematics, 2000. 

See also http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/BiogIndex.html

Read more online: Pascal and Pensees

Newton -- Rationalizing Christianity, or Not? by  Prof. R. W. Picard of M.I.T. 

Bibliography for Physics Presentations

Kelly, Douglas F. Creation and Change. Bristol, Great Britain: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1997. 

Moreland, J.P. Scaling the Secular City. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1987.

This uses classical apologetic methods.  To learn more about presuppositional apologetics see

Van Til, Cornelius. Christian Apologetics. P&R Publishing  

Van Til, Cornelius. An Introduction to Systematic Theology: Volume V of the series In Defense of Biblical Christianity. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1978.

            “From the Christian point of view, every fact of the space-time universe is created by God and is what it is by virtue of its place in the plan of God” (pg 16)

  

“The works of the Lord are great,
studied by all who have pleasure in them.”

Psalm 111:2

last updated 05/10/2011