Talk:MIT Mathematics Department

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This is just a list. Mostly of Red links. Candidate for clean-up tag? Billlion 18:21, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Merger[edit]

Per [1] on WikiProject Universities, departments and degree programs within universities lacking non-affiliated citations generally do not fulfill notability criterion for organizations. Because Wikipedia is not a directory and this article is just an indiscriminate, incomplete, or outdated list of notable as well as non-notable faculty members and alumni, it should be merged into its entry on MIT School of Science. When the entry on that article has grown in scope or notability (by including history, research programs/centers and accomplishments, notable faculty and alumni), it may warrant an independent article at a later time. Barring any future debate, the merger will occur on August 28, 2007. Madcoverboy 05:27, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

The Math Dept at MIT is one of the worlds great mathematics departments from the point of view of mathematics research. It certainly deserves and article about its history and development and how the famous people who worked and studied there are interelated. I thought quite hard before writing School of Mathematics, University of Manchester and I think we have a decent encylopedic article. It is even linked to from the official web site [2] as the official history has not been finished. The question of "programs" and "majors" at universities is irrelevant. This is an article about the department, which is the basic unit in which mathematical activity takes place. I look forward to those with the knowledge and inclination writing a proper article. These list of faculty and alumni will be helpful in writing the article, but would be best merged in to List of Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni and List of Massachusetts Institute of Technology facultyBilllion 18:36, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
I'm not doubting the notability or importance of the department itself, only its need for a separate article. I have no doubt that an article akin to Manchester's School of Math excellent article could be written for MIT, but my point is it hasn't been written yet. Removing the lists results in an article stating only "The Department of Mathematics at MIT is one of the leading mathematics departments in the world" which is embarrassing. By merging this and other stubby department and laboratory articles together in one place (MIT School of Science) allows for feedback, interaction, and standardization of coverage, style, referencing, etc. until such a time that the "MIT School of Science" section on the math department becomes so large as to require a separate article. Madcoverboy 20:36, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

Here are the lists moved out for the moment[edit]

Current faculty members[edit]

Some former faculty members[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]