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.
Hooke Prize in Mathematics
May 12, 2013
At Commencement, Erin Nicole Brahm, C'13, of Huntsville AL and Yechan Paul Choi, C'13, of Kampala Uganda received the annual Robert Hooke Prize for Outstanding Performance in Mathematics. The prize is awarded to a graduating student majoring in mathematics . 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.
Professor Emily Puckette honored by Society of Sewanee Scholars
March 4, 2013
The Society of Sewanee Scholars held a dinner at Chen Hall to honor "Best Teaching Practices" of the Sewanee faculty. Dr. Puckette was among 8 faculty chosen by the Society on the basis of her innovative and compassionate approach to teaching and learning.
Hooke Prize for Calculus
October 8, 2012
At the Founder's Day Convocation, Bronte Marie Goodhue C'15 and Brandon Edward Miller C'15 received the annual Robert Hooke Prize for Achievement in Calculus. The prize is awarded to a student 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.