Established on May 10, 1972
by the late Dr. Murray Abramson
then chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department
Olivia R. Briggs
Allison M. Dimmick
Andrew J. Disher
Megan J. Lalumiere
Sarah L. Milligan
Karalyn R. Robinson
Savanah R. Seay
Taylin J. Shultz
Amber L. Souza
Brahmin Tafari Thurber-Carbone
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Dr. Andrew Miller, 2020-present
Dr. Shelley Stahl, 2018-2020
Dr. John Pike, 2017-2019
Dr. Laura K. Gross, 2010-2015, 2017-2019
Dr. Annela Kelly, 2013-2014, 2016
Dr. Jacqueline Anderson, 2013-2014
Dr. Ward Heilman, 2004-2010
Prof. Thomas Moore, 1980-2003
Dr. Murray Abramson, 1972-1979
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Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Held Virtually via Zoom
Dr. Andrew Miller
The Pursuit of Paradoxes
Dr. Kelsey Houston-Edwards
Freelance Math and Science Writer
Several years ago, I was hired to teach a summer school about paradoxes. As I was preparing for the course, I began to realize that I don't really know what defines a paradox. Mathematicians frequently use the word “paradox” to describe a result which is counterintuitive or a statement which seems both true and false. But these definitions are more about perception than logic. In this talk, we’ll explore a few famous paradoxes and try to classify them using mathematics and psychology.
Prof. Kelsey Houston-Edwards' primary research area is probability theory. She completed her Ph.D. and M.S. in mathematics at Cornell University, where she wrote a dissertation about discrete heat kernel estimates. Kelsey received her B.A. from Reed College, majoring in the interdisciplinary study of philosophy and mathematics. Kelsey is also interested in STEM engagement and communication. She wrote and hosted 44 episodes of PBS Infinite Series, a weekly YouTube show exploring college-level mathematics. Before that, she was a AAAS-AMS Mass Media Fellow and worked as a science journalist at NOVA Next.
Attached below are the slides from Dr. Houston-Edwards' talk, along with the results of the polls. Thanks for a great colloquium!
Dr. Murray Abramson, a faculty member from 1966 to 1987. He had chaired the Mathematics and Computer Science Department for years when he passed away in 1987. He held a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, a master's from Syracuse University, and a doctorate from Columbia University.
"Quiet and gentle, he was beloved by his students and fellow faculty members. He served the college on the tenure and curriculum committees for many years and was especially interested in the foreign student exchange program. Possessed of an ever-curious mind, he read widely and enjoyed auditing college courses in the areas of art and music." -- from his Memorial and Diorama Presentation held at the Clement C. Maxwell Library on February 6, 1988.
A Development of the rational number System, a programmed text, by Murray Abramson. Boston: Holbrook Press, 1970
First and second level examination of the tenth annual Olympiad High School Prize Competition, by Murray Abramson and Hugo D'Alarat, 1974.
Instructor's manual for a development of the rational number system, 1970
Language of sets - teachers manual. Performance data & Interpretation: Donald A . Cook. Lesson plans: Murray Abramson, 1963
Programming instruction in a development of the rational number system, doctoral dissertation, 1968
(Source: University Archives)
A very realistic portrayal of the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, this diorama was made by Dr. Paul Abramson in memory of his brother Dr. Murray Abramson. The 13,000 tiny figures representing Lee's army of 75,000 men and Meade's amy of 97,000 are meticulously painted by hand and the land features carefully and faithfully put in place.
The diorama is currently located near the balcony of the third floor of the Maxwell Library. Please visit the library's Archives/Special Collections for more information.