Blog for Gustavus Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Math Contest Shirt Graces a “Modern Classic”

Spin magazine has a nice profile of Oliver Ackermann, who is pictured wearing a T-shirt from the 1979 math contest held at Gustavus Adolphus College.


Mathematical Works of Art

The stated mission of Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics at Gustavus is “to provide an excellent education in the theoretical, practical, and aesthetic aspects of mathematics, statistics, and computer science to undergraduate students.” No doubt other departments of mathematical sciences also highlight both theory and practice in their mission statements, but there can’t […]


The Man Who Knew Infinity Premieres at TIFF

The Man Who Knew Infinity, a biopic about the life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and his friendship with G. H. Hardy, opened yesterday at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The film stars Dev Patel as Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons as Hardy.  The films early reviews are very positive and has already generated some Oscar buzz. […]

Statistics Major at Gustavus

With the start of the fall semester rapidly approaching, and with it, a statistics major at Gustavus, I thought this article was extremely interesting and timely.

She’s Finally Here

Baby Bianca Esther Frazier-First was born on Tuesday May 12 at 3:30 pm. She weighed in at 7.5 pounds and was 23 inches long. Baby, Mother (Marian Frazier of the MCS department), and Father (Craig First, Assistant Track coach at Gustavus) are all doing well. Congratulations Frazier First Family!

MCS Picnic

The MCS Department will be holding its annual end of the year picnic on Tuesday May 19 at the Linnaeus Arboretum  Interpretive Center from 5:00 to 7:00. Food and drinks will be provided. Awards will be handed out around 5:45. Attendees are encouraged to sign up on the “Sign Up Sheet” located in the lobby on […]

Retirement Reception

The MCS Department will be hosting a retirement reception to recognize Jeff Rosoff, Carolyn Dobler, and Barbara Kaiser for their many years of service. The event will take place on Monday May 11 from 4:00 to 5:00 in the Linnaeus Arboretum Interpretive Center.


MCS Art Show Comes to an End

On Friday March 20 the 2nd MCS Art Show came to a close. The show had a well attended opening and saw a steady stream of visitors throughout its three week run.  The MCS Department would like to extend a special thanks to Lois Peterson for organizing the art show. For those of you that […]

Baltimore Ravens’ Lineman and Mathematician

I came across these great articles on Baltimore Ravens’ offensive lineman John Urschel. Enjoy. From the Baltimore Sun: For math scholar John Urschel of Ravens, playing football adds up From  Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman John Urschel Publishes Paper In Math Journal


Report from Budapest

Eric Hanson, class of 2016, is spending the spring semester of 2015 in Budapest, Hungary in the Budapest Semester in Mathematics program. This is the first (of hopefully many) reports on his adventures abroad. The Mathematicians’ Choir  Amidst another day full of math classes, math homework, and Hungarian food, one of my math professors invited […]