Archive for Thomas LoFaro

MCS Faculty Book Published

  Tom LoFaro and Jeff Ford have completed their textbook Discovering Dynamical Systems Through Experiment and Inquiry.  The book is published by CRC Press and is available through most on-line booksellers. The book provides an introduction to discrete dynamical systems using Inquiry-based Learning or IBL for short.  As the title of the book suggests, students are led […]

Math Grad gets Gig on the Tonight Show

We often get asked “what can I do with a math major.” Well here is an answer I’ve never thought of before: “You can write for Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.” Chloe Radcliffe (12) recently joined the Tonight Show as a comedy writer. Read more about this in City Pages.

Obituary of Richard Allen Askey

Most of you have probably not heard of Professor Richard Askey, Professor at Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, who passed away this fall. But every student who has passed through the MCS Department knows the bronze bust of Srinivasa Ramanujan sculpted by Paul Granlund that proudly adorns our lobby. Richard Askey was the driving […]

“In Search of Proof” by Lois Peterson

An exhibit entitled In Search of Truth by Professor Emeritus Lois Peterson will be shown at Carnegie Art Center (120 S. Broad Street, Mankato, MN).  The exhibit runs from October 6 through October 22 with the opening reception on Saturday October 8 from 7-9PM. The work in this exhibit was partially motivated by conversations with […]

“The Man Who Knew Infinity” Opens in Theaters

The biopic “The Man Who Knew Infinity” opened in theaters this past weekend.  It tells the remarkable story of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (played by Dev Patel) and his friendship with British mathematician G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). The film is based on the book of the same name by Robert Kanigel. The mathematical consultant for […]

MCS Team Rocks the Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Each year in early February the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) conducts the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), “an international contest for high school students and college undergraduates. It challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems.” This year’s team from Gustavus Adolphus College with members Zachary Brown, […]

Lois Peterson Donates Painting to MCS Department

Gustavus Art Professor Lois Peterson has gifted the MCS department the painting titled Proof (a portion of which is shown here) to celebrate the many years of friendship between her and the department. For seven years, Professor Peterson has taught her courses on the third floor of Olin Hall and has maintained her office along side […]

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. […]

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 its-intersting.com:  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 […]