Articles by Frank Morgan

Crash Takes Nash Four Days after Abel Prize


On the way home from receiving the million-dollar Abel Prize from King Harald of Norway, John Nash, along with his wife Alicia, was killed in a taxicab crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. I was at the Abel ceremonies May 21-22 myself to give the Science Lecture. Louis Nirenberg and John Nash received math’s highest

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Prizes Announced at Majors’ Banquet


Professor and Chair Stewart Johnson announced this year’s Math/Stats prizes at the annual gala Majors’ Dinner at the Williams Inn Tuesday evening, May 13, 2014 (photos below): ROSENBURG PRIZE for excellent senior: Ilya Amburg and Vu Le. GOLDBERG AWARD for best colloquium: Nina Horowitz “The Mathematics Behind Playing Hard to Get“ Joseph Iafrate “Random Walk, Random Strikeout: Baseball

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Williams at Hudson River


The hundreds of attendants at the 2014 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, this year at Marist College, included seven speakers from Williams: The Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence by Megumi Asada Benford’s Law and the Fibonacci Numbers by John Bihn Isoperimetric Regions in the Plane and Beyond by Wyatt Boyer Limit of Sequence in

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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 Department of Mathematics and Statistics as the 2014 Exemplary Program, as announced and described in the May Notices. Also see the College press release, the Williams Record, 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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