Professor Goldston wins 2014 AMS Cole Prize in Number Theory

Congratulations to Dan Goldston who, along with three other researchers in Number Theory, has won the 2014 AMS Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory. All four winners have done research associated with the gaps between prime numbers related to the Twin Prime Conjecture which states that there are an infinite number of pairs of primes separated by only two (such as 11 and 13). One of the four winners proved that there are infinitely many pairs of primes that are at most 70 million apart. This seems to be a very active area of research right now and another researcher has recently submitted a result which evidently shows that there are infinitely many primes not more than 600 apart. Many other number theorists around the world are now working feverishly to use these new techniques to reduce the bound as low as possible. More details about this research can be found in the Quanta Magazine article, "Together and Alone, Closing the Prime Gap"

Spring Rare & Endangered Courses

Math 138: Complex Variables

Math 211A: Geometry of Projective Spaces

Math 221B: Higher Algebra II

Math 231A: Real Analysis

Tenure-Track Statistics Faculty

SJSU Mathematics and Statistics Department has one Tenure-Track Assistant Professor  opening in Statistics starting August 2014.   The candidate must teach undergraduate and graduate statistics courses, maintain an active research program, and supervise student research and industry sponsored student projects.  PhD required at time of appointment.  For full consideration, submit all application materials by December 16, 2013.  See the complete position description at

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Repeating a lower division Math Class more than twice

At the request of colleagues in Physics and Engineering, the Math Department voted on a new policy for students registering in a lower division math course for the third (or more) time. There is a special form entitled Repeating a Course for More Than Two Times Petition at which the instructor must sign for the student to be allowed to register in a course for the third (or more) time.  The Math Department is now asking their instructors teaching lower division math courses during the regular school year not sign such forms and let students know that they are only allowed to take a course for the third time during the summer where they pay the full cost and they are less likely to be taking up a space from a student who is taking the course for the first time.