The reverence David Austin has for the discipline of mathematics has both poetic and practical elements.
Austin, professor of mathematics, talks fondly of what he calls the beauty of mathematics, such as finding patterns in something abstract or underlying ideas in a complex problem.
"It sounds like talking about poetry or art, but there's something very aesthetically pleasing about learning mathematics," Austin said.
On the practical side, he also emphasizes the role that applied mathematics plays in our lives even if we don't realize it, along with the wide range of career options for those with a degree in mathematics. He has made it a mission for students and the community at large to understand those possibilities.