Sophomore Tristan Phillips is majoring in mathematics, but he considers his field of study more of an art. Where many people see random numbers on a page, Phillips sees meaningful, logical patterns. “There is beauty in math,” he said.
When Dr. Luis Melara, associate professor of mathematics, arrived to teach linear algebra at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bhubaneswar, India, he felt that something was missing. None of the 160 freshmen in either of his two classes had the book that was listed on the syllabus, and only a handful of copies were available through the library.