Can the resistance inspire a new generation of mathematicians?

Samuel Hansen thinks so. In his recent post on The Aperiodical, he describes how the recent avalanche of math-informed court decisions on gerrymandering in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are putting mathematics in the spotlight.

It is really heartening that discrete geometry and other branches of advanced mathematics can be use to preserve democracy — much in the spirit of the 1964 voting rights act (being signed in the featured image).

Tufts University mathematician Moon Duchin has done a lot of work in this area, leading the effort to train mathematicians to be expert witnesses in gerrymandering cases. Duchin’s Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group page has a lot of useful resources.

Consider registering for one of the gerrymandering trainings if you’re a mathematician, statistician, or data scientist based in the Bay Area!

 

Posted by charlescearl

3 Comments

  1. […] means power. I was reminded of this after reading Charles Earl’s (my teammate) post “Mathematicians, rock the vote!“, in which he encourages mathematicians to fight gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is a dubious […]

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  2. I share your hope but not your optimism. I find it hard to believe politicians will let a bunch “mathematician[s], statistician[s], or data scientist[s] based in the Bay Area” to take away their power. I wrote a more elaborate post in my blog. If you are interested, you know where to find it 🙂

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    1. Yeah, more often than not the people advocating for open elections and voting rights get silenced. That “Gauss” picture is amazing!

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