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
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.
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
Fall 2013 courses:
MAA 2104 Sections 001 and 002
first 101 interesting numbers
Department of Mathematics,
Florida Atlantic University,
New Mexico State University,
1971. (AP 1966, aP 1963)
- PhD, University of Chicago, 1963 (Irving Kaplansky).
- AB, Princeton University, 1958.
Abelian group theory, commutative rings, and
Confessions of a formalist, Platonist intuitionist
for a brief automathography.
- 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)
- Signed-bit representations of real numbers,
J. Logic and Analysis, 1 (2009), 1-18, (with Robert S. Lubarsky)
- Discrete logarithms for finite groups,
Computing, 85 (2009), 3-19, (with Lee C. Klingler,
Spryos Magliveras, and Michal Sramka).
- Intuitionistic notions of boundedness in N,
Math. Logic Quarterly, 55 (2009), 31-36.
- Transient limits,
Applicable Analysis and Discrete Mathematics, 3 (2009), 52-63.
(with Katarzyna Winkowska-Nowak).
An introductory modern algebra text
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
Last modified 15 April 2013.