SPRING 2018 EVENTS
Thursday, February 8th
KOSC 118, 12–1 p.m.
Join senior Ethan Kang to learn about making your mathematics beautiful using the standard for mathematical typesetting, LaTeX! Especially encouraged for juniors and seniors.
Looking for a "Buy One, Get One" opportunity in mathematics? Come to this math forum about a technique for deep learning that also brings you the value of f'(x) whenever you know the value of f(x).
Tuesday, February 20th
Jenks 114, 12–1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6th
KOSC 126, 4:45–5:45 p.m.
Retailers seek to classify people based on their web browsing behavior, demographic characteristics, etc. This talk looks at this "classification problem" to illustrate how having lots of data has changed the decision sciences. How do we use probability to solve these practical problems?
Friday, March 23
KOSC 124, 10:25–11:10 a.m.
Join other mathematics and computer science students for a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, fun, reflection, and looking forward. As always, there will be worship and/or a brief message of reflection.
Tuesday, March 27th
Jenks 220, 12 noon
Dr. Lauren Sager '11, Visiting Prof. at St. Anselm College
Saturday, April 7th
Merrimack College, roughly 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
A fun team competition, math coloring, and student talks from all over New England! The invited speaker this year is Dr. Lauren Sager (Gordon '11). Conference website
Thursday, April 12th
Noon, Jenks 220, Axiomatics and Faith
4:45 p.m., MacDonald 131, Sonya, Karl and Fyodor: Intellectual life in Europe during the last half of the 19th century
Robert Brabenec, Professor at Wheaton College (IL) will give us two talks on mathematics, faith, and history - and their interplay. Contact math faculty for the chance to see him in guest lectures in various courses as well!
SELECTED 2017 EVENTS
Tuesday, March 7th
KOSC 124, 4:45–5:45 p.m.
TENZI is supposed to be "the world's fastest game." What does that mean? Just how fast can you win? And how does probability fit in here? Dr. Veatch will wow you with computations and dice in this special talk.
Thursday, April 27th
MacDonald Hall, 12–1 p.m.
A perfect number is one whose (proper) divisors add up to itself. But what if a number's divisors add up to a number whose divisors add up to the first number? Dr. Stout is very friendly, and so are these numbers he will speak about. Come join us to learn more about them!
Thursday, May 4th
KOSC 126, 10–11 p.m.
Other than this being the 2^2 * 5^3 anniversary of the Reformation, what connections might a theological and cultural shift have to do with mathematics? It turns out, more than you think! From Jesuits using math to bring Poland back into the Catholic sphere, to Christian mathematicians battling the Enlightenment, to more recent four-dimensional thoughts of religion and mathematics... Come to hear about some surprising, entertaining, and enjoyable connections between the changes the Reformation brought and the math that describes the world around us.
September 5th, early evening, Professor Tuck's house (see faculty for more info)
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has a long-standing tradition of hosting a welcome picnic for freshmen and returning students. Be ready to vie for the Math vs. CS volleyball crown!
RSVP: TBD, but you must reply to get a ride (though you can also easily walk there).
This is the big fall New England conference, with great invited talks, student team math competition, opportunities to share your own work, and a banquet. Typically the weekend before Thanksgiving. In 2015, Gordon hosted over 150 visitors for the conference right here in the Ken Olsen Science Center!
(For summer research students, there is also a spring version usually in late May or early June.)
This conference began with a fun team math competition between Salem State and Gordon and has blossomed into an annual local conference with student talks from all over Eastern New England, invited speakers, and more! Usually in April.
The largest annual gathering of mathematicians in the world, the Joint Meetings has a wealth of talks from high-level research to student poster sessions, panels on pedagogy, and interactive art or the booths in the exhibit hall. Gordon annually has between three and eight representatives (including faculty, students, and alumni); many summer research students will present here. A highlight is the ACMS reception and dinner, which has a speaker relating a short talk connecting our faith with our mathematical passion.
This conference began in the late 1970s with our own Dr. Stout as one of the first attendees. It is a biannual conference of Christian mathematicians and computer scientists, which now has criss-crossed North America, most recently in Charleston, South Carolina and before that in Ancaster, Ontario. Gordon hosted the conference in 1999, and we take students as often as they are available and the conference is in the Northeastern United States.
MATH FORUM GENERAL INFORMATION
Gordon College's Math Forum is a bi-weekly gathering of mathematically-inclined people from all over campus. The format ranges from problem-solving to guest speakers from the industry, to special talks about interesting topics or people in mathematics. Math Forum has typically been on Tuesdays or Thursdays at noon or at 4:45 p.m.
Students, please let us know if there are other events or topics you would enjoy! To give you ideas, some Math Forum speakers and other events from the past are listed below.