Mathematics Department

Big Bowdoin Math Conference Draws Luminaries, Students

Bowdoin hosted the American Mathematical Society Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting in late September. Between 300 and 400 mathematicians visited, reserving every single classroom on campus for a two-day conference that included three plenary speakers, eighteen special sessions, and thirty-five undergraduate research presentations—including five Bowdoin students.

Video: Symmetry Works! Where Math Meets Art

Symmetry is the buzz word on campus this week, as Santa Clara University mathematics professor Frank Farris showcases his unique style of digital art in a major, interdisciplinary, multi-event project called Symmetry Works!

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

Bowdoin’s “Northern Bites” Place Second in RoboCup 2016 US Open FInal

After placing second in the RoboCup US Open, Bowdoin now prepares to head to Germany for the world championships at the end of June.

Watch Live: Electronic ‘Athletes’ Gear Up For RoboCup US Open

The eventual goal is, by 2050, to have a team of robots that can perform as well as humans at soccer and compete with the real FIFA world champions.

Analyzing African Pottery: Archaeology Meets Math in Groundbreaking Collaboration

“The key insight was realizing that you could treat pottery distributions the same way you could treat microbial distributions, which is the sort of cross-disciplinary perspective that a place like Bowdoin naturally encourages.”

Prof. Chong: The Math Behind iPhone Energy Harvesters, Wall Sound Filters and Origami

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Chong works on the kind of fantastic inventions you could imagine one day might be the mundane objects we all take for granted, such as walls that filter out traffic noise but let in the music of birdsongs, or gigantic underground coils that protect cities from earthquakes. Perhaps his most thrilling project is figuring out how people can charge their iPhones just by walking around with them.

The Growing Sex Appeal of Mathematics

There’s no doubt about it, mathematics is getting sexier. Take for example the recent lunchtime math lecture “Sex and the Single Statistician.” Several dozen students crowded into Thorne Hall’s Hutchinson Room to hear Professor Thomas Pietraho talk about a mathematician’s perspective on dating and marriage. “What we’re talking about here is a mathematical problem which […]

Machine Learning: How Computers Predict The Future

“Everyone wants to own data mining now and machine learning”, she says. “It’s because of the amount of data that are out there today”, she adds, noting that how many of our everyday transactions are now electronically logged.

Bowdoin’s Newest Tenure-Track Faculty

Several tenure-track professors joined Bowdoin’s faculty this year to teach and do research in a number of fields — math, Romance languages, chemistry, digital and computational studies, theater and dance, Asian studies, history and sociology.

A Year of Faculty Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Over the past year, Bowdoin faculty from every corner of campus received grants and fellowships to support new and ongoing research projects. Others were honored for their work.

Bowdoin’s Gibbons Fellows Get Technical

Several students this summer have a unique opportunity from Bowdoin to find creative technical answers to academic questions. They are part of the Gibbons Summer Research Program, established by John Gibbons ’64, which enables students to work one-on-one with professors to apply technology to aspects of faculty research or work..

Emma Young ’15 Wins National Math Essay Contest

Math and economics major Emma Young ’15 has won a national essay contest on how math is applied to everyday lives.

The Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne

Mathematics and Art Merge in New BCMA Exhibit

The deeply saturated and highly energetic colors of Dorothea Rockburne’s paintings and drawings seem to send vibrations through the gallery. At the end of a long grey winter, The Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne is a great place to recharge.

Math Class Dances Its Way to Computational Statistics

Math professor Jack O’Brien uses dance to help his students understand computational statistics.

Bowdoin Museum of Art Celebrates Opening with Pie

Before the clock struck 9:26:53, Bowdoin professor of mathematics Jennifer Taback gave a brief history of Pi.

Art Museum Show Opens with Pi, and Pie, This Saturday

An unusual convergence of math and art — and pie — is taking place at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art this Saturday.

Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

Bowdoin Professors Win Honors and Grants

Bowdoin faculty members across the sciences and humanities continue to garner awards for their work – including research grants, scholarly accolades, and fellowships abroad – from institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

Elgin Encourages Young Scientists at Annual President’s Science Symposium

As keynote speaker for the 2014 President’s Science Symposium, biologist Sarah Elgin offered an inspiring example for the 100-plus Bowdoin research students in the audience, who then presented the fruits of their own research labors through speeches and a poster session.