Gordon in the News: last updated 04/07/2008

How to Choose a Presidential Candidate Using Mathematics

April 7, 2008

Kristin Schwabauer
Office of College Communications


WENHAM, MA-The Departments of Mathematics and Political Studies at Gordon College will hold a presentation entitled, "What Makes your Vote Matter?" a discussion about math and politics. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 8 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. in the Jenks Library, room 237.

Dr. Karl-Dieter Crisman, professor of mathematics, will present the different ways voters might choose a presidential candidate using mathematics. Also included in the discussion will be Dr. Paul Brink and Dr. Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, from the Gordon College Political Studies Department, responding from a political science viewpoint on the insights of math in a political election.

"Simple mathematics has great power to tell us what is--and isn't--fair about our voting systems," says Crisman. "Tuesday's event will focus on this year's tight race, and where our use of partisan primaries--as opposed to open primaries used in municipal elections--could change who our next president is."

April is Math Awareness Month, and this year's national theme is "Math and Voting." For more information on "Math Awareness Month," please visit www.mathaware.org.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kristin Schwabauer at  in the Office of College Communications at Gordon College.


Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The college offers majors in 36 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian colleges.