Department of Mathematical Sciences


Welcome to Mathematics @ Stellenbosch

Since 2006, Mathematics together with Applied Mathematics and Computer Science form the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

The Mathematics Division is now housed in the newly renovated Mathematical Sciences and Industrial Psychology building, and has 19 members of academic staff, as well as several graduate students on honours, masters and doctoral level.

The research activities of the Mathematics Division span a range of subject areas, including Combinatorics, Lattice Theory, Algebraic Number Theory, Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry, Algebra, Topology and Category Theory, Functional Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, Wavelets and Subdivision Analysis, Mathematical Finance, Mathematical Biology.

Several seminar groups are active with weekly meetings, as well as regular colloquium talks by visitors to the Department.

There is also strong interaction with the African Institute for the Mathematical Sciences in Muizenberg, which attracts international scientists, and creates the opportunity for joint activities.

Recent news

  • 23 Apr 2015
    At the SANUM 2015 Conference hosted by the University of Pretoria from 30 March to 1 April, Professor Ingrid Rewitzky was the guest speaker at a special function for young mathematicians (all postgraduate students, postdocs, and academics who obtained a PhD in the last 5 years).  She facilitated a reflection on "Advice to a Young Mathematician" that appeared in The Princeton Companion to Mathematics  edited  by Timothy Gouwers with associate editors June Barro-Green and Imre Leader, published in 2008 by Princeton University Press. In particular, the "WEALTH" of a Mathematician and how to become a "WEALTHY" Mathematician was discussed. Professor Ingrid Rewitzky was ‘n gaspreker by ‘n spesiale funksie vir jong wiskundiges (almal nagraadse student, nadoktorale en akademici wat hul PhD in die laaste 5 jaar verwerf het) by die SANAM 2015 Konferensie wat by die Universiteit van Pretoria gehou is van 30 Maart tot 1 April. Sy was die fasiliteerder van ‘n bespreking oor “Advice to a Young Mathematician”  wat oorspronklik in die Princeton Companion to Mathematics met geredigeer deur Timothy Gouwers, met sub-redakteur June Barro-Green en Imre Leader, wat in 2008 deur Princeton University Press gepubliseer is.  Die “WEALTH” van ‘n Wiskundige en hoe om ‘n “WEALTHY” wiskundige te word, is bespreek.
  • 18 Feb 2015
    South African students in mathematics were inspired by several world-renowned mathematicians during the recent AIMS-Stellenbosch University Number Theory Conference that took place from 19-23 January 2015. AIMS is the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Read more.
  • 18 Feb 2015
    Thomas Weighill (24), a MSc student in Mathematics has received two of the most prestigous awards a university can bestow on a student. Read more.
  • 16 Jan 2015
    The AIMS-Stellenbosch University Number Theory Conference takes place 19-23 January. The talks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will take place at AIMS, while those of Tuesday and Thursday will take place in Stellenbosch. We are fortunate to have a number of distinguished delegates from overseas, including Enrico Bombieri (Fields Medal 1974), Nick Katz and Peter Sarnak. The conference website, with a provisional programme, is here:  
  • 10 Oct 2014
    We invite everyone to the first "Red Hot Maths"on the Rooi Plein on Wednesday 15th October from 12:00 - 14:00. It is the brainchild of the Mathematics 144 Student Assistant team. The aim is to promote mathematics and raise funds for a charity of their choice. They have chosen Funda Fundisa. It is a university initiative whereby students go to underprivileged schools to give extra lessons. As part of “Red Hot Maths” participants pay R5 for a mathematics worksheet to complete on the Rooi Plein (don’t worry it won’t be marked!) and for a ticket for the raffle. Participants’ names and photos are recorded and will be captured in a collage we will mount in the Maths Division. The idea is to get as many people as possible thinking and talking about mathematics on the Rooi Plein.