# Fred Richman

*Even mathematics is a "language" that states propositions and tells stories.
It's a very elaborate form of "play" language. That's why it's such fun for
those who speak it well.* Richard Mitchell, "Less than words
can say"

*The goal of higher education is to
seduce students into a love of learning.*
Barbara Lazear Ascher

*Universities should not be brokers of the contemporary.
The purpose of education is to open the remote past to the
students, so they can learn from the voluminous human
record of mistakes and triumphs.*
Camille Paglia

*One does not understand a mathematical proposition merely by proving it true.
That is why there are such things as mathematical lectures rather than just lists of
proofs.*
David Deutsch

## Vita

- Professor,
Department of Mathematics,
Florida Atlantic University,
1990.
- Professor,
New Mexico State University,
1971. (AP 1966, aP 1963)
- PhD, University of Chicago, 1963 (Irving Kaplansky).
- AB, Princeton University, 1958.

## Research Interests

Abelian group theory, commutative rings, and
constructive mathematics.
See
Confessions of a formalist, Platonist intuitionist
for a brief automathography.

## Recent papers

- A theorem of Gilmer and the canonical universal splitting ring,
*Journal of Commutative Algebra*, **6** (2014), 101-108
- A constructive theory of minimal zero-dimensional extensions,
*Journal of Commutative Algebra*, **5** (2013), 545-566
- The Kripke schema in metric topology,
*Math. Logic Quarterly*, **58** (2012), 498-501, (with Robert Lubarsky and Peter Schuster)
- Minimal zero-dimensional extensions of rings of dimension greater than one,
*Communications in Algebra,*, **40** (2012), 3792-3800, (with Marcela Chiorescu)
- Algebraic functions, calculus style,
*Communications in Algebra*, **40** (2012), 2671-2683
- Zero sets of univariate polynomials,
*Trans. Amer. Math. Soc.*, **362** (2010), 6619-6632, (with Robert S. Lubarsky)

A textbook.

An introductory modern algebra text
for undergraduates.

A skeptical look at this perennial problem.

A poem about the
uncountability of the real numbers.

A proposal to eliminate countable
choice from constructive mathematics.

Links to my scripts on various mathematical topics.

Department of Mathematics

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991

Latitude 26 22 15 North, Longitude 80 6 10 West.
Office: Room 224, Science & Engineering

Phone: (561) 297-2484

Fax: (561) 297-2436

Email:
richman@fau.edu

Last modified 2 May 2014.