Caltech mathematicians have pushed the frontiers of mathematical physics, analysis, number theory, combinatorics, and group theory. They have mentored generations of students and written texts that are foundational to the field. With the renewal of the former Sloan Lab, Caltech’s Department of Mathematics will have a home commensurate with its achievements and ambitions. By naming a space in Ronald and Maxine Linde Hall of Mathematics, you can help realize the department’s potential to create a world-class teaching and research center.
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For as long as he can remember, David Ignacio Fager has adored mathematics. In high school, he lived for Mu Alpha Theta competitions and skipped ahead in math textbooks the way impatient readers sometimes peek at the last page of a mystery novel.
Even our most reliable ideas about how the universe works break down in certain domains. They can’t account for the weirdness of quantum mechanics or the recursive chaos of fractals. Hungry for answers, many researchers—including one Caltech undergraduate and her faculty mentor—aim to come up with a better explanation.