### 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: 4th August 1805

In 1843 William Rowan Hamilton discovered the quaternions, the first noncommutative algebra to be studied. He felt this would revolutionise mathematical physics and he spent the rest of his life working on quaternions.