# MIT Mathematics Department

The

**Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology**is one of the leading mathematics departments in the USA [*MIT is second in the US on number of Math PhDs [*] [*http://math.scu.edu/~eschaefe/grad.html*]*The Gourman report in 1993 ranked MIT as fourth in the USA for undergraduate mathematics. J Gourman, The Gourman Report: A Rating of Undergraduate Programs in American and International Universities, ISBN 0918192161*] and the world [*MIT ranked 15th on citations and 17 on impact in a survey published in 2002, Vital Statistics on the Numbers Game,Science Watch, May 2002. [*] .*http://www.sciencewatch.com/may-june2002/sw_may-june2002_page2.htm*]The current faculty of around 50 includes

Abel Prize winnerIsadore Singer and famous numerical analystGilbert Strang .**History**Originally under John Daniel Runkle mathematics at MIT was regarded as service teaching for engineers [

*Peter L. Duren, Richard Askey, Uta C. Merzbac, A Century of Mathematics in America, 1989,American Mathematical Society, ISBN 0821801244*] . Harry W Tyler succeeded Runkle after his death in 1902 and continued as head until 1930. Tyler had been exposed to modern European mathematics and was influenced byFelix Klein andMax Noether . Much of the early work was on geometry.Norbert Weiner , famous for his contribution to the mathematics of signal processing, joined the MIT faculty in 1919. By 1920 the department started publishing theJournal of Mathematics and Physics , a sign of its growing confidence, and the first PhD was conferred to James E Taylor in 1925.**References****External links*** [

*http://math.mit.edu/ MIT Mathematics Department website*]

* [*http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Mathematics/index.htm MIT OpenCourseWare: Mathematics*]

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