- makes students look at their surroundings differently and question things they take for granted
- helps students see applications of mathematics to science and its relationship with history, culture, art and architecture
- focuses on the visualisation of concepts to balance the purely formal approach
- shows students that mathematics is not just about taking exams, but about appreciating the beauty of patterns.
Associate Professor Helmer Aslaksen was born in Oslo, Norway, and did his undergraduate at the University of Oslo. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Department of Mathematics at the National University of Singapore in 1989. His interests include geometry, Lie theory, and the relationship between mathematics and astronomy and art. He has been academic advisor for the exhibition "Art Figures: Mathematics in Art" at the Singapore Art Museum and "The Dating Game: Calendars and Time in Asia" at the Asian Civilisation Museum and for the TV series "Ancient Chinese Inventions" on the Discovery Channel. He was also on the Program Committee and a judge for "National Science Challenge", a TV science quiz for secondary school students. He was on the organizing committee of a topic study group at the International Congress on Mathematical Education in 2004. He has been invited to be a plenary speaker for the Mathematical Association of America. He has an extensive web site, including a highly ranked page on The Mathematics of the Chinese Calendar. At the NUS he has introduced two General Education Modules, Heavenly Mathematics & Cultural Astronomy and Mathematics in Art and Architecture. In 2004 he was awarded the University's Outstanding Educator Award.
For more information, please visit http://www.math.nus.edu.sg/aslaksen/index.html
Teaching Awards / Accolades
NUS Outstanding Educator Award (2004)