College of Letters & Science l Department of Mathematics
Jordan Ellenberg is a number theorist whose popular articles about mathematics have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Slate.
“…you have an incredible ability to take a complex subject, break it down, make it understandable, yet present it in a dynamic and interesting manner.” – James R. Anderson III, PhD, Community & Economic Development Educator, UW Extension
This talks discusses the correlation between math and elections.
In most US states, Wisconsin included, legislators draw the boundaries of the districts they are elected from, and thus retain a great deal of personal influence in the outcome of elections. The practice of drawing district lines with the goal of benefiting one political party over the others is called gerrymandering; I’ll explain how computational and political developments have made this a bigger problem than ever before, and how new developments in math are helping fix it.