Mathematics Department

Can Geometry Fix Partisan Gerrymandering?

A mathematician and a political scientist joined forces this week to give a two-part talk at Bowdoin about gerrymandering, which is the practice of redrawing congressional districts to help ensure partisan outcomes. Though gerrymandering lands squarely in the political realm, math has always played a big role in congressional districting. Math determines how the U.S. […]

For First-Years with a Scientific Orientation, Bowdoin Offers Crash Course

The Bowdoin Science Experience is designed to, in just three and a half days, “give [incoming students] a crash course in how this place works,” chemistry lecturer Michael Danahy explained. He oversees the program, which is one of the orientation trip options students can select to kick off their Bowdoin education.

Jeff Joseph ’19 Joins Harvard Cancer Research Project

“A teen went from playing soccer in the streets of a third-world country to attending a research program at Harvard in a seven-year span,” Jeff Joseph wrote in his application for one of Bowdoin’s summertime fellowships.

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.