Williams Professor Julie Blackwood’s research on bats has been featured in an article by NBC News on “Why killing vampire bats won’t stop spread of rabies.” And now also on the Williams College site. Photo by Daniel Streicker, used by permission, all rights reserved.
Nathan Kaplan, who worked with Prof. Allison Pacelli in our 2005 SMALL Undergraduate Mathematics Research Project and who gallantly competed September 13 on Million Second Quiz, gave our Faculty Seminar Friday November 22 on “Curves and Surfaces Over Finite Fields and Coding Theory.” Kaplan is now Gibbs Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Yale. On Million Second
Math seniors gathered for pizza and a program on the coming year by introduced by Colloquium Czar Professor Pacelli and Department Chair Professor Stewart Johnson. Professors Miller and Stoiciu announced coming contests and puzzles. Philippe Demontigny received the 2012-13 nonsenior colloquium attendance prize. Professor Garrity explained how to give a colloquium talk.
The 2013 Williams College SMALL Undergraduate Research Project is in full swing, many preparing for the summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Hartford next week. The SMALL Undergraduate Research Project marched proudly in the Williamstown Parade, July 4, 2013:
Math has finally renumbered our courses according to difficulty, with Linear Algebra moved from Math 211 to its central spot Math 250 and the core courses moved to the middle of the 300s, with the pre-core electives below and the post-core electives above. (For the full list of our offerings fall 2013, go to the
Humans have been investigating mathematical objects for thousands of years, and yet there is still so much more to investigate. Over 2000 years ago, Archimedes penned a letter to Diogenes describing a new method for computing areas and volumes. He performs a thought experiment whereby he weighs two shapes on opposite sides of a scale.
You can sign up to give a 15-minute talk by March 4, 2013. On Saturday April 6, 2013 Williams College will be hosting the 20th Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (HRUMC). One of the first conferences of its kind, HRUMC was founded by four local schools: Siena College, Skidmore College, Union College, and Williams College. It’s
What do you think? How do you think? And can you think even better? I’ve spent nearly ten years focusing on these and related questions. The result is a recently-published book, co-authored with Michael Starbird from The University of Texas at Austin, entitled The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking (Princeton University Press, 2012). It’s a
In what way is mathematics dangerous? This past year, the Williams College Gaudino program has been looking at the idea of danger. Hence my question, in what way is mathematics dangerous? Maybe there is emotional danger, as the media mocks the typical math professor as nerdy and dorky. (These allegations have never been officially proven.)
I’d encourage mathematicians to look at Alain Badiou’s Being and Event and Logic of Worlds. Both are full of a lot of ideas. What mathematician cannot be thrilled by the statement in the introduction to Being and Event that “mathematics is ontology.” More directly, reading Badiou made me realize that the basics of set theory