From the Editors…

Hello, and welcome to the first issue of Degree of Freedom. The phrase “degree of freedom” is a mathematical term, used in mechanics. We chose this title to remind you: a) that no-one is ever absolutely free and that to become freer you need to learn to think: hard, clearly, and ultimately for yourself; and b) that the degrees you are studying towards open for you a wide world of possibilities.

We hope that the DoF format will allow a depth and width of conversation within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Strathclyde that is simply not possible in the framework of formal lectures and tutorials. Anyone associated with the Department is invited to submit material dealing with mathematical and statistical facts, insights, experiences or the interface between our discipline and the wider world. We welcome suggestions for content and format. Please also feel free to comment on any of the articles on the blog! Please also let us know whether this format works well for you, or whether you’d prefer something different (e.g. a printable electronic version or a paper copy) in the future.

Please note that the opinions expressed in DoF in no shape or form reflect the official policies of the Department or of the Administration of the University of Strathclyde. Our opinions and theirs might overlap, but if they do then this is entirely coincidental.

Enjoy and contribute!

 The editors (MG/DP)

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