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May 6, 2013
New Experiments Yield Results Predicted by Kochen-Specker Theorem

Like Schrödinger’s cat, it was only supposed to be a thought experiment to elucidate the strange mathematics of quantum mechanics.

Now, the 46-year-old Kochen–Specker theorem, which describes the quantum dance of observer and observed,has passed its toughest test yet in the real world. The test, published in February (V. D’Ambrosioet al. Phys. Rev. X  3, 011012; 2013), is indicative of growing interest in the theorem, triggered by new capabilities for manipulating photons and cold atoms

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May 2, 2013
New Undergraduate Course Offering for Fall 2013: The History of Mathematics

NEW COURSE:  Fall 2013, MAT 301 (HA): The History of Mathematics, Tues & Thurs 1:30-2:50pm.

Behind the famous names and seemingly-timeless theorems of your mathematics classes, there is a rich and fascinating history filled with controversies, blind alleys, fanciful inspirations, and social prerogatives. 

This seminar will examine themes and ideas from the history of mathematics spanning the entirety of human history, from the oldest surviving written texts (numbers on clay tablets) to the present, with a focus on the mathematics of modern Europe.

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May 2, 2013
Professor Manjul Bhargava Has Been Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Manjul Bhargava, the Brandon Fradd, Class of 1983, Professor of Mathematics, is one of 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences. Also elected from Princeton this year are Susan Fiske, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Pyschology, and professor of psychology and public affairs; and Juan Maldacena, a visiting lecturer with rank of professor in physics.

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April 17, 2013
Professor Ronald Graham, Mathematician and Juggler, will give a Public Lecture at Princeton University on April 22

Juggling Mathematics and Magic

8:00 pm, Monday, April 22, 2013

McCosh 50, Princeton University

The mystery of magic and the art of juggling have surprising links to interesting ideas from mathematics. In this talk, Professor Graham will illustrate some of these connections.

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April 9, 2013
Two Mathematics Majors Named Goldwater Scholars

Two Princeton students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, the premier award for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

The 2012-13 winners are juniors Eric Chen and Daniel Kriz, both mathematics majors. Chen is from Lawrenceville, Ga., and Kriz is from Ann Arbor, Mich. 

One- and two-year Goldwater Scholarships cover tuition, fees, room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. The Princeton recipients are among 271 scholarship winners selected from a field of 1,107 students nationwide. 

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April 3, 2013
The 73rd William Lowell Putnam Competition

The Princeton team earned an honorable mention in this year's William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.   Congratulations to Bowei Liu who had one of the top 25 individual scores and received an award of $250. Congratulations also to Arku Adhikari, Wesley Cao, Alan Chang,  David Corwin, Kubrat Danailov, Evgeni Dimitrov, Jay Hashop, Bumsoo Kim, Ante Qu, Zev Rosengarten, Alexander Smith, Matthew Superdock, Juanhe Tan, and Allen Yang, who all earned an honorable mention for their individual scores.

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March 25, 2013
Prof. Bhargava Brings Magic (and Math) to the Classroom

Manjul Bhargava, Princeton's Brandon Fradd, Class of 1983, Professor of Mathematics, has been featured for his Freshman Seminar, "The Mathematics of Magic Tricks and Games." For the full article, click here

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March 21, 2013
Aaron Pixton Appointed to a Five-year Clay Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Aaron Pixton, a current 4th-year graduate student, who has been appointed to a five-year Clay Research Fellowship beginning September 1, 2013.

Aaron Pixton will receive his Ph.D. in 2013 from Princeton University under the supervision of Rahul Pandharipande. His research is in enumerative algebraic geometry. The topics he has worked on recently include the tautological ring of the moduli space of curves, moduli spaces of sheaves on 3-folds, and Gromov-Witten theory.

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March 21, 2013
Shrenik Shah Honored for Excellent Teaching

Congratulations to Shrenik Shah, currently a teaching assitant and 4th-year graduate student, who has been honored by his students for excellent teaching in MAT 201: Multivariable Calculus.

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March 13, 2013
Summer 2013 Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate Majors


Once again, the Princeton University Mathematics Department expects to support up to 10 undergraduate mathematics majors for a research program this summer.  Participating students will be required to be on campus for a total of 8 weeks during the summer period, where the total period of time could be split into two or three shorter periods, if approved.  Students will receive grants of $4,000 apiece for living expenses during the summer program.

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