Sex, Chaos and other Mathematical Pleasures

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sex, Chaos and other Mathematical Pleasures

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Sex and mathematics? It's not just numbers and probabilities! Life is full of patterns and mathematics is uniquely suited to their discovery and explanation. In the context of sex, mathematics has uncovered a treasure trove of sometimes unexpected but rich patterns and relationships. Mathematics is the study of patterns: their discovery, interconnection and implications. This unit takes a broad approach to understand the power of modern mathematical thinking in human activities. As well as sex and mathematical biology, we cover diverse topics such as the 'butterfly effect' and chaos theory, climate modelling, art and perspective, fractals, cryptography and codes, paradoxes and infinity, and complex decision making in health and other areas of public life. Even your mobile phone is a mathematical wonder!


    Course typically offered during the Spring semester

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.