Mathematics

Collection Selector

Paula Carey

Librarian

Mugar Memorial Library, Science and Engineering Library

General Purpose of the Collection

The Mathematics collection reflects the research and teaching interests of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The collection is focused on pure and applied mathematics and mathematical statistics. The book and journal collections have strengths in the following areas: algebra and number theory, dynamical systems, geometry and topology, operations research and mathematical finance, mathematical logic, mathematical physics, and probability and statistics.

The Mathematics collection primarily supports the undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The collection also supports the Undergraduate program in Mathematics offered by Metropolitan College. Undergraduate degree programs (BA) are offered by the Mathematics Department (CAS) with programs in calculus and mathematics. The concentration in mathematics includes pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Joint concentrations are offered in mathematics and computer science, mathematics and philosophy, economics and mathematics, and mathematics and mathematical education. A combined (BA/MA) degree program in mathematics is offered. Graduate Programs (MA and PhD) are also offered in mathematics and statistics. An MA in Mathematical Finance is offered through the School of Management. An MS in Actuarial Science is offered by Metropolitan College.

Faculty research interests are numerous and diverse. Algebra and number theory, applied mathematics, dynamical systems, geometry and topology, mathematical logic, mathematical physics, operations research and mathematical finance, and probability and statistics are of particular interest and are actively collected.

The research of the Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS) and the Center for Adaptive Systems is supported by the Mathematics collection. The research of the Center for BioDynamics and the Center for Mathematical Physics is also supported. The Mathematics collection generally supports research in all areas of science and engineering. Materials collected in mathematical statistics support research in both the sciences and the social sciences, especially economics, finance, and accounting programs.

Scope of Coverage

Languages collected (primary and selective) or excluded
Materials are collected primarily in English and only occasionally in other languages.
Geographical areas covered by the collections in terms of intellectual content, publication sources, or both, and specific areas excluded, as appropriate
There are no limitations on geographical areas covered in terms of intellectual content. Publication sources are generally English language publishers.
Chronological periods covered by the collection in terms of intellectual content, movements or schools, and specific periods excluded, as appropriate
All chronological periods are covered by the collection in terms of intellectual content.
Chronological periods collected in terms of publication dates, and specific periods excluded, as appropriate
All chronological periods are collected in terms of publication dates, but emphasis is on recent publications and new research.

General Subject Boundaries and Library Locations

The subject scope of this collection is primarily determined by the Library of Congress call number QA (Mathematics) except QA71-90 (Instruments and machines) which is collected by Computer Science. All items in these categories are housed in the Science and Engineering Library.

Collected

  • QA 1-43 : Mathematics-General
  • QA 47-59 : Tables
  • QA 101-145 : Arithmetic
  • QA 150-272.5 : Algebra
  • QA 273-280 : Probabilities, Mathematical statistics
  • QA 299.6-433 : Analysis
  • QA 440-699 : Geometry, Trigonometry, Topology
  • QA 801-939 : Analytical mechanics
  • Z 6651-6655 : Mathematics Bibliography
  • Z 7963 : Women and Mathematics Bibliography
  • Z 8001-8999 : Personal Bibliography

Collected Very Selectively

  • QA 99 : Miscellany & Curiosa

Not Collected

  • QA 73 : Slide Rules

The selector for Mathematics consults with selectors in several other subject areas:

Related subjects and Interdisciplinary Relationships

Biology
Some relationship between Mathematics and Biology exists in the areas of biostatistics, mathematical biology, neuroscience, and neural networks.
Computer Science
The Mathematics collection relies on a strong relationship with the Computer Science collections for computational mathematics.
Education
Mathematics has occasional overlapping interests with Education for the study and teaching of mathematics.
Engineering
The Mathematics collection relies on a strong relationship with the Engineering collection for applied mathematics, engineering mathematics, and statistical methods in engineering.
Management, Economics, and Accounting
Some relationship among Mathematics and Management, Economics, and Accounting exists for probabilities and mathematical statistics as applied to research in the social sciences, for operations research, and mathematics of finance.
Philosophy
Mathematics has occasional overlapping interests with Philosophy in the areas of philosophy of mathematics and mathematical logic.
Physics
The collection has significant overlapping interests with Physics for mathematical and computational physics.

Types of Materials

Collected
Books, conference proceedings, periodicals, and reference materials, including indexes and abstracts, bibliographies, encyclopedias, and handbooks.
Collected Selectively
Electronic resources, microforms, dissertations, and theses. Textbooks are collected very selectively (see Comments/Notes).
Not Collected
Solutions manuals and popular works.

Comments/Notes

Textbooks are generally not collected except where the text has become a standard or classic work in the area or is aimed at advanced graduate students and researchers in a specific area of mathematics.