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Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics Department

Paul Weiner, Ph.D.
Paul Weiner
Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics - Professor

(507) 457-1420

Paul Weiner is a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He has been teaching at Saint Mary’s since 1984 (excluding 1994-1998 when he went back to school for a Ph.D.). His mathematical interests include algebra, number theory, discrete probability, discrete mathematics, combinatorics, graph theory, coding theory, and mathematics education. His personal interests include playing the game of Go, reading, walking, and thinking about interesting and beautiful mathematics.

Contact information


Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1998
M.S., Mathematics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1998
M.A., Mathematics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1983
A.B., Mathematics, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 1981

Scholarly & Creative Interests

Number Theory


Discrete Mathematics

Coding Theory

Mathematics Education

Selected Presentations

2008-2011: “Getting off to a good start with your classes”, Saint Mary’s University New Faculty Mentoring Program

2008: “Viewing the Hamming code in its natural habitat”, MAA MathFest

Selected Publications

Foundations of Advanced Mathematics, used in M301 at Saint Mary’s University, 2011

With Roger Kugel, “Energy Distribution in Small Populations: Pascal versus Boltzmann”, Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 87, Number 11 (November 2010)

With Joachim Rosenthal, “Coding Theory”, chapter in Handbook of Linear Algebra, L. Hogben, ed.,CRC Press,2007

Introduction to Probability, used in M332 at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, since 2006

Elementary Number Theory, used in M315 at Saint Mary's University, since 2001, and at Winona State University, 2007.

Basic Properties of Multidimensional Convolutional Codes, chapter in Codes, Systems and Graphical Models. B. Marcus, J. Rosenthal, eds. Springer-Verlag, 2001

“The Abundancy Ratio, a Measure of Perfection”, Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 4, no. 73, 307-310, 2000

Professional Organizations
Mathematical Association of America
American Mathematical Society
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Pi Mu Epsilon