### Bowdoin's mathematics curriculum reflects the department's belief that mathematics is important both for its practical applications and for its beauty. A broad program of courses has been designed to serve students with a wide range of interests.

The department also participates in an interdisciplinary major in mathematics and education, an interdisciplinary major in mathematics and economics, and an interdisciplinary major with computer science, offering courses in discrete mathematics, numerical analysis, optimization, and combinatorics and graph theory in support of the latter. In addition, the department has recently started to develop an interdisciplinary program in mathematical biology.

### Mathematician of the Day

born: 6th July 1849

Alfred Kempe published a false "proof" of the four colour theorem in 1879 which stood until Heawood showed the mistake 11 years later. The 'proof' is however still the basis for the computer aided proof discovered 100 years later.