### Mathematics

The study of mathematics at Sewanee forms part of the preparation of informed and discerning citizens, capable of critically analyzing information, weighing alternatives and presenting reasoned arguments in order to navigate a rapidly changing world. While crucial for students who pursue concentrated study in mathematics or computer science, the exposure to abstraction and concise reasoning is also invaluable to students in fields as far-ranging as law, science, economics, and theology.

Such study also serves as part of a well-rounded education in the appreciation of human endeavor. Like a sculpture or a concerto, a theorem or an algorithm is a creative work, and the department seeks to expose students to the beauty of this variation of artistic creation.

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##### Hooke Prize in Calculus

October 16, 2014At the Founder's Day Convocation,

**Clair Burgess**C'17 of Tennessee,

**Yujie Wang**C'17 of China and

**Shichen Xu**C'16 of China received the annual Robert Hooke Prize for Achievement in Calculus. The prize is awarded to students exhibiting special achievement after completion of the calculus sequence. The prize is named for statistician and former Sewanee professor of mathematics Robert Hooke who wrote the popular book, How to tell the Liars from the Statisticians.

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