WhyDoMath nodes highlight mathematical and computational tools that can
solve problems across a wide range of disciplines and emphasize exciting
applications in which mathematical analysis has provided unique insights.
Nodes are presented with multimedia resources and content gradually increases
through to more advanced discussions of related mathematics and computational
science. Each node is reviewed for accessibility at the college freshman/sophomore
and popular science levels. Have an idea for a node topic? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
WhyDoMath is aimed at college freshmen and sophomores, but should be accessible
to advanced high school students and to anyone who has ever been intrigued
by what mathematics can do. The intellectual excitement of mathematics and
its applications is highlighted.
Nodes focus on mathematical and computational tools that can be applied
across a wide range of disciplines and emphasize exciting areas in which
mathematics has provided key insights. Each node is refereed and carefully
edited for accuracy, style, and accessibility.
WhyDoMath also includes several additional resources: a Reading Room containing
general-interest articles about mathematics and its applications; a Careers
Section featuring links to career sites of mathematics and computational
science organizations, including SIAM; and an annotated resource section consisting
of links to other mathematical science websites with information of further
Nodes should meet three criteria: first, mathematics and computational science
should be featured prominently; second, the area being discussed should be
important and accessible at the popular science level; and third, the application
should describe a success story in which the mathematical sciences played
a significant role. Ideas for contributions can be sent to email@example.com. Please contact us before you start working on your node.
WhyDoMath is the brainchild of SIAM's former President Marty
Ohio State University, with assistance from Project Co-Director Hinke
University of Bristol, as well as former Co-Director and current Consultant Katherine Socha,
St. Mary's College of Maryland. The WhyDoMath Steering Committee consists
of Chris Budd,
Royal Institution of Great Britain; John
Burns, Virginia Tech; and Peter
Turner, Clarkson University. The WhyDoMath Technical Committee
consists of the following SIAM staff
members: James Crowley, Executive Director;
David Marshall, Publisher; Donna Witzleben,
Production Manager; Michelle Montgomery, Director, Marketing and
Sales; Heather Blythe, Project Manager; James Haines, Online Content Coordinator; and Justin Courts, Programmer.
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is an international
community of over 11,000 individual members, including applied and computational
mathematicians, computer scientists, and other scientists and engineers.
The Society advances the fields of applied mathematics and computational
science by publishing a series of premier journals and a variety of books,
sponsoring a wide selection of conferences, and through various other
programs, including WhyDoMath. SIAM’s goal with this project is
to inspire students to study and pursue careers in applied mathematics
and computational science. More information about SIAM is available at www.siam.org.
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