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Welcome to Pure Mathematics

We are home to 25 faculty, four staff, approximately 50 graduate students, several research visitors, and numerous undergraduate students. We offer exciting and challenging programs leading to BMath, MMath and PhD degrees. We nurture a very active research environment and are intensely devoted to both ground-breaking research and excellent teaching.

  1. Nov. 11, 2020The logic of math
    Rahim Moosa

    Every mathematician solves math problems, but only a handful of mathematicians study the logical reasoning that they and their colleagues use to solve problems. They focus on the journey, not just the destination. 

    Rahim Moosa, a professor in the Department of Pure Mathematics, was pursuing a degree in liberal arts at McMaster University when a philosophy professor introduced him to model theory, which applies logic to algebra, geometry, number theory and other core areas of math.

  2. Nov. 4, 2020It all added up for Jason Bell
    Jason Bell

    Professor Jason Bell has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2021. Bell (BMath ’97) was selected as one of the 46 mathematical scientists from around the world and the only one from a Canadian university.

  3. Oct. 8, 2020School spirit
    Gurtaj Dhaliwal in front of a bridge over a river

    “Two of my high school math teachers were alumni of Waterloo Math, and they constantly raved about the university,” remembered Gurtaj Dhaliwal. In spite of his teachers’ occasionally excessive cheerleading, the Brampton native pursued his passion for mathematics to the Department of Pure Mathematics within the Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics. “I love that moment where a difficult abstract concept just clicks,” he expressed. “Pure Math lets me delve deeper and deeper into the mental challenge of solving puzzles.”

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  1. Dec. 8, 2020Special Colloquium

    Alex Weekes, University of British Columbia

    "Nilpotent orbits and affine Grassmannians"

  2. Dec. 9, 2020Special Colloquium

    Jiuya Wang, Duke University

    "The Distribution of Class Groups of Number Fields"

    Class group is a central object of the study in number theory. We will give an overview on new developments in the distribution of class groups with a fixed Galois group. In particular, we will explain the use of symmetry which has been overlooked for decades, but turns out to be an essential tool to obtain many new results on the distribution of class groups.

    A post-colloquium meet and greet will be held at 2:00 pm using the same Zoom meeting link.

  3. Dec. 10, 2020Special Colloquium

    Florian Richter, Northwestern University

    "Applications of Ergodic Theory to Combinatorics and Number Theory"

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Undergraduate studies

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Graduate studies

Congratulations to Juan Ariza Mejia MMath, Samuel Desrochers MMath, Shubham Dwivedi PhD, Ertan Elma PhD, Claudia Guerrero Gonzalez MMath, Marco Handa MMath, Robert Harris MMath, Ehsaan Hossain PhD, Anton Iliashenko MMath, Sam Se-Jin Kim PhD, Nicole Kitt MMath, Sean Monahan MMath, Xingchi Ruan MMath, Zsolt Tanko PhD, Zhihao Zhang MMath, and Yuming Zhao MMath, who all convocated in Fall 2020. Best of luck in your future endeavours!


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