SEMINAR PROFILE

M02 - 
The Mathematics of Electoral Fairness, Gerrymandering and Power Politics
   
  What do the mathematical subject areas of geometry, statistics, combinatorics, number theory and topology all have in common? All of them come into play when institutions try to implement or outlaw gerrymandering, the practice of designing voting districts for political advantage. We have seen in present day politics how gerrymandering can and has dramatically affected the nation's politics. In this course we will examine the mathematical tools used to measure the fairness and consistency of voting districts. We will also look at how political bodies, both legislative and judicial, either use or resist these measures. Plenty of hands-on examples will provide teachers with examples that your students can do by hand, and also introduce software tools teachers can use with more advanced students.
       
   
Scholar:
 
Location:
Harvard University
   
Dates:
3/14/2019, 3/21/2019