Albion College Mathematics and Computer Science

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The Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Albion College includes the disciplines of pure and applied mathematics, computer science, and statistics. The department offers majors and minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. See our links on the left for more details.

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For further information contact:
David Seely, Acting Chair
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Albion College
Albion, Michigan 49224-5013
mathcs@albion.edu
(517) 629-0361

Mathematics and the Cosmos

Mathematics is at the core of our attempts to understand the universe at every level from the most theoretical to the most mundane. Modern cosmology is based on the ideas of Riemann regarding the nature of space, leading Einstein to predict many cosmological phenomena which have since been confirmed experimentally. Other mathematical methods are vital for carrying out simulations of the motions within galaxies and star clusters, the collision of galaxies and black holes, and other large-scale gravitational interactions. Mathematical techniques allow the planning of efficient trajectories to reach the moon, Mars and the outer planets, and the means to communicate with those satellites, both for navigation and for the encoding, compression, and transmission of images across many hundreds of millions of miles of space, as in the recent spectacular photographs from the Cassini mission to Saturn.

April is Mathematics Awareness Month. Each year the mathematics community celebrates the importance of mathematics in our lives. The theme for 2005 is "Mathematics and the Cosmos".


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