We currently take around 8 students per year making Mathematics one of the bigger subjects in Peterhouse. We have 4 Fellows covering a wide range of research interests, and we will be joined by a further two Research Fellows in October. We also have 5 PhD students, some of whom contribute to undergraduate teaching. Much of the the College-based teaching (supervisions) in the first two years of the course is delivered by Peterhouse Fellows and PhD students with the help of two long-serving supervisors from other colleges. In the third year colleges form groups and divide the task of arranging supervisions within the group. In the case of Peterhouse it is Trinity College that arranges supervisions for our students. It is still the case that in some subjects the supervisor will be a Peterhouse Fellow. For a student's perspective on life as a Mathematician at Peterhouse, have a look at the JCR's alternative prospectus.
Famous Petreans in Mathematics include Lord Kelvin (of temperature fame), Charles Babbage (programmable computer), Klaus Roth (winner of the Fields Medal in 1958, Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse) and Charles Burkill (former Master of the college, his textbooks on analysis are to this day on the Mathematics reading lists). Current Fellows and their research interests in Mathematics are:
Dr Anders Hansen (Bye-Fellow and Director of Studies): applied functional analysis, spectral theory, compressed sensing, mathematical signal processing, sampling theory, computational harmonic analysis, inverse problems, complexity theory, geometric integration, numerical analysis, C*-algebras.
Dr Clarice Poon (Research Fellow): compressed sensing, mathematical signal processing, sampling theory.
Dr David Tourigny (Research Fellow): the structure and applications of topological string/field theories; topics associated with mathematical biology; geometrical problems with applications to the natural sciences.