The Bowdoin Mathematics department is a welcoming community of dedicated scholars and students brought together by our shared joy in the exploration of mathematics.
As a liberal arts department, our research and teaching range across the discipline, from number theory to statistics, with outside connections to biology, computer science, political science, economics, and physics. Our students form the core of our community. With roughly fifty majors each year, mathematics is among the largest majors on campus, while still retaining an intimate and engaging culture that attempts to cultivate the spark of learning. In addition to engaging classroom dynamics, we benefit from weekly student-faculty lunches, faculty-supported study sessions, and a variety of seminar series focusing on faculty research, teaching practice, and topics of interest to students.
A snapshot of our department:
The idea that the least skilled among us overestimate their abilities more than anyone else is the gist of what’s known as the Dunning-Kruger effect, something that has appeared in headlines in connection with everything from work to why Donald Trump was elected president. Eric Gaze, director of quantitative reasoning and senior lecturer in mathematics, suggests the mathematical approach used to show the Dunning-Kruger effect may be incorrect.