Upcoming Math Club Events!

The College of Charleston Math Club and the Department of Mathematics are hosting several events in the next few months: Mathematics Department Colloquium Most Fridays Tea at 2:45 in RSS 346 (math department lounge) Presentation from 3:00 to 4:00, usually RSS 251 but watch for signs An hour with a guest speaker about all kinds […]

How Svitlana Mayboroda’s Landscape Function is Improving LED Lighting

Some mathematics research can take a long time — decades if not centuries — to be used in an application.  One of the amazing thing about Svitlana Maybroroda’s recent work on the mathematics of waves is that it is already being applied to improving the efficiency of LED lighting.  Read about her work and its […]

Ancient Trig Tables Decoded!

Plimpton 322 is an ancient Babylonian tablet that has been only now deciphered after a great deal of effort.  It turns out, it is a remarkably accurate trigonometric table!  This breaks the record for both the oldest and the most accurate ancient table of its kind. Some of the difficulty in deciphering the old mathematical […]

In Memoriam: Cathleen Morawetz

Another famous mathematician has died, but in many ways this is a less tragic story than the last death we announced on this blog. Cathleen Morawetz, who was a president of the American Mathematical Society and professor at NYU, died this past weekend at the age of 94.  Her contributions to the mathematical study of […]

Sad News: Maryam Mirzakhani has died

Maryam Mirzakhani, the Stanford mathematician who was the first woman to win a Fields Medal when it was awarded to her just three years ago at ICM 2014, has died of cancer.  This is a tragedy for the world of mathematics as well as for her family and friends.  For more information, see this news […]

Kudos 2017!

Congratulations to the following CofC Math students, alumni and faculty: Students: Each year, a student who recently took calculus at CofC is awarded a $100 prize in the Harrison Randolph Calculus Contest.  This year, it was Bach Nguyen who won the prize based on his answers to the test that was administered on April 14th. […]

It’s Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, and there are some great resources celebrating it. This National Science Foundation blog page has been posting articles all month long spotlighting work done by researchers through NSF funding. Recent graduate Tyler Perini (B.S. in Applied Mathematics, ’16) was just awarded a grant from the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, a great […]