Articles by Frank Morgan

Best Jobs 2014


According to the latest ranking by, the best four jobs of 2014 are: 1. Mathematician. 2. Tenured professor. 3. Statistician. 4. Actuary. (The worst was lumberjack.)

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Williams Wins 2014 AMS Exemplary Department Award


The American Mathematical Society has recognized the Williams College Mathematics Department as the 2014 Exemplary Mathematics Program, as announced and described in the May Notices.. Also see the College press release and our own story.

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Burger Inauguration as Southwestern President


Recent Williams Mathematics Professor Edward B. Burger was inaugurated as President of Southwestern University on March 25, 2014 (preceded by Prof. Morgan’s Soap Bubble Geometry Contest). Watch Burger’s address, read the transcript, or watch the entire installation ceremony. See interview of “The Jovial College President” in the Georgetown Sun. Burger received an honorary degree from Williams at Commencement June

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Adding Fractions


  Mathematics has got to be the most interesting of all subjects. As I was telling the wonderful math faculty at Berkshire Community College, even arithmetic is fascinating. Addition and multiplication are commutative: 4+7=7+4 and 4×7=7×4. I recall MIT Professor Michael Artin saying: When I ask my kids what’s 4×7, they answer “28.” 7×4? “28.”

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π Day 3/14


Annual π Day Missive from Nick Yates ’06 Once again, Pi Day has arrived! As you probably know, pi (π) is a mathematical constant found in circles and throughout mathematics! Since pi’s decimal expansion starts off 3.14…, and today’s date is 3/14, we celebrate pi and all things mathematical on this day! <> 3.141592653589793238462643383279…, to

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Rubik’s Cube Competition


An official World Cube Association Rubik’s Cube Competition filled Goodrich Hall Saturday March 2, 2014, organized by local school student Ric Donati and Professor Mihai Stoiciu. Competitors included Adam Reich ’14. Williams Record account.

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Blackwood Bat Research Featured by Berkshire Eagle


Williams Professor Julie Blackwood’s research on bats has been featured in an article in the Berkshire Eagle: It was previously featured in an article by NBC News on “Why killing vampire bats won’t stop spread of rabies” and also on the Williams College site. Photo by Daniel Streicker, used by permission, all rights reserved.

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Miller’s Class Builds Legos Destroyer in 10:21


Williams professor Steven J. Miller and his class built the Legos Star Destroyer in 10 minutes and 21 seconds. Click here for video. Coverage in Williams Record and Williams Magazine. Course homepage Video from camera 1 Video from camera 2 Williams Time-lapse video

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Baltimore Math Meetings 2014


The annual joint mathematics meetings in Baltimore January 15-18, 2014, featured many Williams and SMALL speakers. A Williams/SMALL gathering followed Prof. Colin Adam’s humorous theater. SMALL alum Sarah Peluse won the AWM Alice Schafer Prize  for undergraduate research.  

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“Who Says Math Has to be Boring”

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Recent New York Times editorial (December 8, 2013).

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