Introduction to The Quadrivium

Ravi Jain June 9, 2013

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2013


The four liberal arts of the Quadrivium: arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music, have been central to the Western vision of education since the time of Plato and Aristotle. They provide crucial tools of learning for many other areas of study later in the curriculum. They historically undergirded the birth of modern science and had preserved a vision of the cosmos as an ordered whole for millennia. Yet they are little understood and perhaps their centrality to classical education is underappreciated. This seminar will explore how to recover a vision for these four liberal arts within our curriculum and how they can provide a rich vantage point for the recovery of wonder, wisdom, and worship in our math and science classes.


Classical Education Liberal Arts Mathematics Science


Ravi Jain
Ravi Jain graduated from Davidson College with a BA and interests in physics, ancient Greek, and international political economy. He worked at various churches, received an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and later earned a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics from the University of Central Florida. He began teaching Calculus and Physics at the Geneva School in 2003. During his tenure there he has coauthored “The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education,” and has given over 50 talks and workshops throughout the country on topics related to Christian classical education.

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Metaphysics Matters

Article - SCL Conference 2012

Teaching with the Ancients

Article - SCL Conference 2011

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