language of the universe
"without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. everything around you is mathematics. everything around you is numbers." –shakuntala devi
mathematics is the study of shape and form, of numbers and patterns, of concrete examples and abstract generalizations. as a discipline mathematics is not easy to categorize. it is an art: there is great beauty in its execution and exposition. it is a science: it is extremely rigorous and it has an experimental aspect. it is pure: within mathematics one can create a whole universe and explore its properties. it is applied: many of the best ideas of mathematics arise from attempts at solving everyday problems, and some of its most pure concepts have surprisingly practical applications. it is a philosophy: mathematics is grounded in ideas. most of all, mathematics is alive. although mathematics has engaged human thought for millennia it is still today a vibrant and growing area of human endeavor with new and important discoveries.
it is the goal of the department of mathematics not only to provide students with a firm foundation in the concepts and skills of mathematics, but to instill in them an appreciation for the beauty and power of the subject.
1972 university of dayton graduate richard schoen has won three prestigious international prizes for math in 2017, including the wolf prize in mathematics which is referred to by some as a "nobel for math."
after schoen received the wolf prize in january, he also won the royal swedish academy of sciences' rolf schock prize in mathematics and the swiss federal institute of technology's heinz hopf prize.
university of dayton faculty aren't always aware of their lasting impact on students' lives. but harry mushenheim, mathematics professor emeritus, learned of his influence on former student dr. pieter wiersema '74 when the latter donated $10,000 to the department of mathematics in mushenheim's honor.read more