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Math Professor Jonathan Mattingly

Bracket math isn’t an exact science, but for years mathematicians have told us that the odds of picking a perfect NCAA tournament bracket are a staggering 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (that’s 9.2 quintillion). According to Duke math... read more »


 Student’s Summer is a Deep Dive into Deep Math

Math and computer science student Will Victor is spending his summer immersed in Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity and learning to conduct mathematics research. Victor, from Aiken, South Carolina, is working with math and physics... read more »


Math junior flips for ‘bit flips’

Paul Ziquan Yang is using mathematical techniques to eliminate errors in computer hardware. Over the summer, the rising junior math major worked with Robert Calderbank, Charles S. Sydnor professor of computer science, as part of the... read more »


Same Votes, Different Districts Would Change Results

Mathematicians' study bolsters call for non-partisan reform. Researchers at Duke University have developed a mathematical model that shows how changes in North Carolina’s congressional voting districts could affect election outcomes. Focusing on... read more »


Thora Helgadottir, professional soccer player

"My time as a math major at Duke was extremely enjoyable. The faculty were very understanding and helpful, which was important to me since playing on the Duke soccer team and the Icelandic national team kept me very busy. I liked that the classes... read more »


Catherine Hartman, Neuroscience PhD candidate

“By pursuing a math major I was able to study quantitative topics relevant to diverse disciplines of science and the social sciences while keeping my post-Duke options open for as long as possible. Most majors in science, engineering, economics, etc... read more »


Heather Wiese, Math Major

“I went to Duke wanting to study both math and theater, but worried about the difficulty of pursuing two such different majors. Fortunately, I connected early on with wonderful mentors in the Math department who were supportive of both my interests... read more »


Elliott Wolf, J.D. candidate

“I had a wonderfully rich experience as a math major. Beyond pure math, my coursework was applicable to biology, logic, physics, economics, and statistics. More importantly, math taught me how to think, greatly improving my ability to express myself... read more »


Taiesha Abrams, Consultant

“The benefits of pursuing a mathematics degree at Duke University are endless. As a math major, I developed a logical and analytical mindset that has assisted me within the academic, professional and personal realms of life. I learned to identify... read more »


Jeremy Semko, PhD candidate

"For the first few weeks of Math 32, my first class at Duke, I felt intimidated and unsure by the difficulty and the rigor of the subject matter. I had considered quitting math altogether, but because I had a passion for it, I decided to try out a... read more »


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