Overview of Bard Math Club
The purpose of this club is to create a space for people to develop their problem-solving skills and get a chance to explore areas of mathematics that are less commonly taught along with others who are interested in the same thing. The Club will gather as a group to work on and discuss competition problems, such as the Putnam exam and various international math olympiads. We will also take part in selecting practice problems to sent out to high schoolers preparing for competitions. In addition, we are planning to have various speakers give presentations about their work in their specific field of math. The class will hold in-person meetings with remote options via Zoom!
The proliferation of mathematical ideas is often hampered by jargon, technical points, and symbolic manipulation. However, within math communities, ideas are communicated verbally and in ways intended to show what is most essential about an idea. An auxiliary goal of this club is to utilize this way of articulating math in a way that makes it appealing to non-specialists. In particular, we hope that during this semester, math majors will be able to share what they find beautiful and inspiring with other students in the Bard community.
We also plan to attend nearby math conferences whenever possible, as well as work together with the Bard Math Circle to provide mathematical opportunities for local middle school students.
Most importantly, anyone is welcome regardless of their major or math experience. The desire to learn more about mathematics and passion for problem-solving is more than enough.
Club Officers Tina Giorgadze