 
Summary: "Heavenly Mathematics: Cultural Astronomy" and
"Mathematics in Art and Architecture":
Two general education courses at the
National University of Singapore
Helmer Aslaksen
Department of Mathematics
National University of Singapore
aslaksen@math.nus.edu.sg
www.math.nus.edu.sg/aslaksen/
General Education Modules
For years I was dreaming about teaching a math course that was fun! A course that
would give the students knowledge they would treasure for the rest of their lives and that
they would pass on to their grandchildren. Knowledge that would make them see the
beauty and significance of mathematics, and make them look at the world around them
with different eyes. Unfortunately, even the best teachers have a hard time teaching
calculus or linear algebra in such a way.
Fortunately for me, in 1999 the National University of Singapore implemented a
"General Education" requirement. Faculty members were invited to propose General
Education Modules, from which the students were required to choose four. I still
remember the excitement I felt when I saw that email! I had for years dreamt about
