Michigan State University

The Math Library branch will be closing permanently on Friday, May 6th at 5pm.

  • Beginning Fall Semester 2016, Mathematics Course Reserves will be housed in and checked out from the Main Library Reserves (the Circulation Desk on the 1stfloor).
  • Many Math books have been and are being moved to the Main Library. 
  • Low-use materials will be moved to our Remote Storage facility.  Please see the library catalog for locations and availability. Daily runs to Remote Storage allow prompt retrieval of materials.

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Mathematics Library Hours

Today (Sun.)Closed
May 2nd (Mon.)9:00am to 9:00pm
May 3rd (Tue.)9:00am to 9:00pm
May 4th (Wed.)9:00am to 9:00pm
May 5th (Thu.)9:00am to 9:00pm

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Alan Turing: Mathematician, WWII Code Breaker, Father of the Modern Computer, and Creator of the Artifical Intelligence Turing Test

Cipher Machine (Picture courtesy of Ciphermachines.com)

Now through Summer 2015

Math Library Exhibit Case

This exhibit features the role of Alan Turing in code-breaking efforts during WWII, his visionary ideas in the development of artificial intelligence, and his ultimately and tragic death.  Turing worked at the Government Code and Cypher School in Bletchley Park, (Buckinghamshire, England) to break the Enigma code.  Code breakers created "the bombe," a computer-like machine used to crack German encryption, which very possibly shortened the length of World War II by two years.  After the war Turing pursued his work in artificial intelligence.  His work was cut short, however, after Turing's prosecution for homosexuality led to his suicide in 1954, shortly before his forty-second birthday.

Exhibit produced by Jessica Young, with assistance from Christine DeFord.

Math Library Endowments

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The Marvin L. Tomber Endowment:

Marvin L. Tomber was a member of the Mathematics Department at MSU from 1955 to 1993, and was instrumental in creating the Mathematics Library. Friends of Dr. Tomber have established this endowment to support acquisitions of print and electronic journals, books, and other materials to further enhance the holdings of the Mathematics Library.

The Manderscheid Endowment:

Dorothy Manderscheid joined the MSU Libraries as a science librarian in 1984 and was the branch librarian for the Mathematics Library from 1989 to 1999. During her time there, she led the Mathematics Library through several major projects, including conversion to an automated circulation system and a complete renovation. The Manderscheid Endowment will allow the Mathematics Library to acquire print and electronic journals and books.

Mango Languages

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Mango is an online interactive language learning tool, that combines sound, text (including captioning) and images. It covers more than 70 languages, including ASL, Arabic, English as a second language (in 17 versions for various language speakers), Canadian French, Igbo, Swahili and Yiddish.