Count on it
“It was at these sessions where I first started to fall in love with math.” Hmmm…I have to say, that just doesn’t compute with me. I really can’t comprehend a statement like that. Want to know what else I can’t comprehend? Math. Well, at least higher math. I mean, I’m not a complete slug when it comes to the subject. I was even in some advanced placement classes in high school. I could do the work, for the most part. (Until I took pre-calculus in college, which I’ve written about previously.) I just never fell in love with it. Words, I loved – numbers and I were just mere acquaintances that I had to make polite conversation with. I saved very little memories from high school classes, but I recently came across an algebra test of story problems. I had earned a perfect score – the only one in the class. It’s the test that moved me into an AP course and after all these years, somehow, I had still saved it. I’d like to say I saved it because that’s when I started to love math, but I think it was more a matter of proving that I could conquer it. I’m certainly not the only one who feels this way. My co-worker, Jen, stopped by my office yesterday and I mentioned to her the blog I was reading from the math-lover. She said, “Math? Nope. I just came for the pi.” Which, I had literally just typed into my notes to use in my blog. Seriously. That’s why we work so well together – a love of baked goods and really dumb humor.View story photos
George Pappas: By the numbers
I have liked math since I was a kid. While working on my doctorate at Columbia University, I did not know what research area to specialize in, but finally decided on number theory.View story photos
Thomas Grubb: The pursuit of higher math
Every year the Mathematical Association of America hosts the Putnam Competition, a notoriously difficult mathematics test for undergraduate students. Several thousand students sign up to take the test each year, and the median score has often been as low as 0 points out of a possible 120.View story photos
Spring blossoms frame the Spartan helmet on the Spartan Stadium scoreboard. The scene has become a popular photo backdrop for graduating students during the weeks before commencement, which will happen on May 5. Photo by Derrick L. TurnerView story photos
Spartans sweep Big Ten Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year Honors
The Big Ten announced its coach, player and freshman of the year honors April 25, and it was a clean sweep for the conference champion MSU women’s golf team.
Spartans win three races to wrap Boston Trip
No. 17 MSU wrapped its Boston weekend with three wins – including in two of the three NCAA boats - over both No. 16 Harvard/Radcliffe and Boston College April 23 on the Charles River.
MSU Broad Museum to premiere Marc-Olivier Wahler’s inaugural exhibition
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University will host the debut exhibition by Director Marc-Olivier Wahler starting Saturday and running through Oct. 22. “The Transported Man” will feature more than 40 emerging artists whose work relies on the notion of belief.View story photos
Local third-graders test MSU students’ Design Day project
A team of MSU engineering students presented its video game for a final test run to its most critical judges: a class of third-graders.View story photos
MSU Fountain Challenge winners announced
The MSU Fountain Challenge, which encourages students to imagine and design the drinking fountain of the future, has announced the winners of its first competition.View story photos
Musical Theatre Touring Company makes its debut
The MSU Department of Theatre's new Musical Theatre Touring Company will have their premiere at the Friends of Theatre "A Bite of Broadway" gala on May 10 at Wharton Center.