March 4-14, 2020
This spring, travel to Greece, exploring one of the world’s most mysterious and treasured cities of intellectual life and culture — Athens. Students will travel to such scientifically significant sites and museums as Corinth, Kotokolo, Olympia, Delphi, the theater of Epidaurus, ancient Mycenae, and the tunnel of Eupalinos. While in Athens, we will spend time with Greek students, solve problems with them that are relevant both historically and in the modern age, marvel at the constructions of our forebears, and learn in some of the sites and museums most laden with inspired discoveries and antiquarian artifacts: Herakleidon, Plato’s Academy, Lyceum, the Athenian Learning Gymnasium, Acropolis, Parthenon, and the Tower of Winds. With multiple days in Athens our group will dive deep into the quest to discover ancient knowledge, as well as enjoy traditional Greek food and dance.
Students also will travel to Samos, capping the experience with an adventure on this mystical isle full of legend. As we head for home, we will ponder the significance that this tiny country has exerted on the whole of human history — through mathematical, scientific, political, and social innovation.
Throughout our travels in Greece, students will engage the following questions:
How has this nation and region contributed to the development of mathematics, modern architecture, and government/society?
What can we see visibly enduring of that legacy from the geometry of ancient Greece in today’s architecture and design?
Can we learn by solving the problems that other cultures addressed — while withholding the results of our modern age? Do we arrive at the same results?