Articles by Frank Morgan

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. Williams

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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”

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

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Putnam Exam Saturday

To participate in the notorious supernational Putnam Mathematics Competition contact Prof. Steven Miller and/or show up at 9:45 am Saturday in Bronfman 106. Last year the Williams team of Carlos Dominguez, Jared Hallett, and Wei Sun finished 19th in the nation on the infamous William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Saturday, December 1, 2012.  An amazing 23 (over 1%

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Million-Second-Quiz Kaplan Gave Faculty Seminar

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

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Homecoming 2013

Good to see some of you at our little Homecoming gathering for alums, faculty, and students at the Purple Pub 5 pm Friday, November 8. Photo shows Tracy Hu ’13 with Professor Mihai Stoiciu. Followed by Graduate School Panel at 1 pm undergraduate colloquium Monday, November 11.

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