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The major disciplines within mathematics involve two broad subdivisions; the pure study of quantity, structure, space, and change and applied study of exploring links to other fields and providing empirical basis to engineering, medicine, applied sciences, economics, psychology. The concept of arithmetic and geometry first arouse from the ancient Egypt and Greece and algebra was developed from Arabia in the medieval ages. The calculus introduced by Newton and Leibniz In 17th century made the theory of analysis and interpretation processes actively prevail through 19th century. The disciplines of topology founded by Poi Care and logarithm geometry by Descartes, toward the end of 19th century, were explosively developed in the 20th century followed by the contemporary applications of mathematics to numerical methods and analysis in the area of applied sciences.
Research Areas and Applications
Mathematics is referred to as the heart of basic sciences. As the essence of mathematics is logical thinking and critical reasoning, the application of mathematics encompasses the vast fields of humanities, social sciences, engineering, and natural sciences. In addition to its prime value, its significant role in the scientific breakthroughs should not be overlooked. For instance, the theory of relativity could not be founded without Riemann’s hypothesis; notion of Hilbert Space was essential achievement for proton dynamics; Nash Equilibrium was borne not by a motive to apply the theory to economics, but by John Nash’s pure interest in mathematical attributes. In modern times, internet has become known as the most powerful and ubiquitous existence, but the properties of mathematics cross over the span of our entire history.
Structure and Environment
The Department has successfully earned a reputation for excellence since its foundation in 1951 and expansion in 1958 by establishing graduate programs. We have a very supportive alumni group and 2,280 bachelor degrees, 300 masters' degrees, and 99 Ph.D. degrees were produced for the past decades. Our graduates are working as professional mathematicians in a variety of career paths of industry and research. The department is one of the best resourced in the nation, equipped with high-tech facilities.
Prospects after Graduation
The destination of KNU mathematics graduates varies greatly from continuing mathematical interests in academic and research areas to applying the specialty to scientific work, statistics, and management. The majority of the graduates work in the non-directly related career paths such as education, finance, computing, IT, accounting, banking, programming, administration, public welfare, science, and engineering. Many graduates are working as math teachers and our department is in the front rank of best math educators in the nation.
Kyungpook Mathematical Journal, the first English mathematical journal in the nation, began its long history of innovation in 1958 and has prominently known for its vigorous research activities. In 1990, we were nominated as the best department at the research institute selection competition by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation and became the first institution that bore the Topology and Geometry Research Center in the nation. The center is conducting a wide array of academic exchanges and research with world renowned institutions. In 2002, the department was assessed by Korean Council for University Education as ‘The Highest Academic Standing’ out of the 87 mathematics departments in the nation. The department has proven excellence again in 2006 by being selected as a leading department for Brain Korea 21, the second phase of human resource program of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development.
Undergraduate Program
The primary aim of the undergraduate program is intended to allow students to prepare to be capable professionals facing the challenges of their individual career needs. The course structure primarily emphasizes overall problem solving skills to face the demand of industry and research institutes. The curriculum is particularly designed to enhance the ability of mathematical reasoning and effectiveness of inter-disciplinary practices so that students can adapt in the rapidly changing global environment.
Graduate Program
The program has recently merged with the Department of Industrial Application Mathematics which resulted in two distinct but inter-related subdivisions within our department; pure and applied mathematics. An active research enhancement program is undertaken under the BK21 human resources development project, which ensures students to receive tuition waiver and financial support for journal publication and international programs. The department provides students a variety of practical training in our small group seminars, presentation programs, and highly focused lectures to stress mathematical reasoning, expertise knowledge, and capacity to outperform as professional mathematicians with competitive advantage and versatility.
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