Author Archives: Director

(Under construction) Graph Theory is a branch of discrete mathematics sadly neglected in many curricula: it’s rare to find it in a high school syllabus and at some universities you can avoid it entirely and still get a major in mathematics: thus many students miss a chance to see exciting applications in computer science, business, …

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Posted on: June 6, 2016 | Author: Director
Categories: Alumni Maths Topics

For centuries mathematics has held a central place in every civilised society. It contributes significantly to our scientific and technological advancement, and such advancement puts further demands on the subject. This whole process has been accelerated by the advent of technology. A country with such a small population as ours must encourage all of its …

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Posted on: January 28, 2015 | Author: Director
Categories: About History

A L (Larry) Blakers was an undergraduate student at the University of Western Australia and their very first student to do honours in mathematics.  After serving in the war, he did his postgraduate studies at Princeton. His research from this time led to the important Blakers-Massey Theorem in homotopy theory. In 1952 he returned to …

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Posted on: January 27, 2015 | Author: Director
Categories: History

Arnold Ephraim Ross (August 24, 1906 – September 25, 2002) was a mathematician and educator who taught at NMSS from 1975 to 1983.  He was pivotal in changing the summer school from a smorgasbord of numerous and diverse but superficially presented topics to a serious academic activity with depth and purpose. While at Notre Dame …

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Posted on: January 25, 2015 | Author: Director
Categories: About History

Damjan was an NMSS student in 2000 and 2001, a tutor from 2003 to 2005 and a lecturer in 2013. He works as a statistician who helps geneticists overwhelmed by their data. Look at a list of country population sizes, or the frequency of words in today’s newspaper. If you take just the first digit, …

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Posted on: January 21, 2015 | Author: Director
Categories: Maths Topics

It’s been over a decade since I attended the maths camp that changed my life. Since then, I’ve changed courses and direction more times than I care to remember, but finally settled on economics and computer science. After two years of fulltime teaching economics at Melbourne Uni, I feel as though I’ve come home now …

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Posted on: January 21, 2015 | Author: Director
Categories: Alumni

To think deeply of simple things. Arnold E. Ross The value of an education… is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks. Albert Einstein Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics. Siméon Poisson It is not …

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Posted on: January 20, 2015 | Author: Director
Categories: About Maths Topics