Courses I'm teaching now (Spring 2015):
- MATH 125-03
Mathematical Perspectives: Secret Codes (MWF 12:00-12:50, SMH G23)
- MATH 301-01
Geometry (TR 11:30-12:45, SMH G30)
- MATH 391-01
Mathematics Seminar I (T 4:00-4:50, LOG 101)
- MATH 393-01
Mathematics Seminar III (T 4:00-4:50, LOG 101)
MW 1:00-3:00, R 3:00-5:00, or by appointment, in my office, HIN 104. Students
can find detailed information about these courses through Xavier's Canvas learning management services.
Courses I have designed:
- MATH 125
Mathematical Perspectives: the Mathematics of Calendars and Timekeeping
- MATH 125
Mathematical Perspectives: Strategies for Cooperation and Competition
- MATH 147
Calculus from an Historical Perspective
Stuff I'm really interested in professionally:
History of Mathematics
- I am cofounder
(with Prof. Dan Curtin,
Northern Kentucky University) of the Ohio River Early Sources in
Mathematical Exposition (ORESME) Reading Group, a biannual seminar in the Cincinnati
area that meets to read significant original sources in mathematics.
home page is maintained by Prof. Curtin and me. At our last
meeting February 7-8, 2014, at NKU, we read two pieces of the work of
Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866), neither of which were published during his
short life but both of which were highly influential when they were
published. They were both associated with the reception of his
Habilitation from Göttingen in 1854, one on the
problem of whether "arbitary
functions" could be represented by Fourier series, the other the text
of his inaugural lecture on what constitutes an n-dimensional manifold from the
perspective of differential geometry. At our next meeting, January
31-February 1, 2015, also at NKU, we will read some more from Riemann.
- The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive at St.
Andrews, Scotland, is one of the neatest sites that exists
on the Web. It is a substantial compendium of all sorts of
information about important mathematics and mathematicians of history.
- David Joyce
at Clark University maintains a great page on the history of mathematics.
- Adam Parker (Wittenberg
University) and I presented an afternoon workshop, Teaching Mathematics with Primary Historical
Sources, after the MAA
Ohio Section Fall Meeting at Wittenberg, November 1, 2014.
- David Pengelley (New Mexico State University) and I
presented an MAA Minicourse, Study the Masters: Using Primary Historical
Sources in Mathematics Teaching, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings
in Boston in early January, 2012.
- I cochaired, with Amy Shell-Gellasch
(Beloit College) and David Pengelley, a
successful session of papers titled "Treasures
from the Past: Using Primary Sources in the Classroom," at the
Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans on January 7, 2011.
- I spent three
weeks each during the summers of 1996 and 1997 at the Institute on History
of Mathematics and Its Use in Teaching (IHMT) at American University in
Washington, DC. The Institute was organized under the auspices of the Mathematical Association of America and
was funded by the NSF through their Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement
program. I consider this experience a seminal one in establishing me as an
historian of mathematics.
- Whenever I teach
the History of Mathematics course here at Xavier, I arrange a field trip
with my students to visit the Rare Book Collection at
the University of Cincinnati. It houses a remarkably large number of old
books of historical importance in mathematics. Our visit there is often
the high point of the semester!
- One of my
distinguished colleagues at the IHMT, Ed Sandifer
(Western Connecticut State University), is a founding member of the Euler Society. One of the more
exciting goals of the Society is to prepare English translations of as
much of the mathematical opus of the great eighteenth century
mathematician, Leonhard Euler. These translations are housed online
at the Euler Archive.
- David Pengelley maintains a compendious website listing
resources galore for the use of history (and original sources in
particular) in the mathematics classroom.
- David Calvis
at Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, OH) has a wonderful page of mathematics
- David Wilkins of Trinity
College, Dublin, maintains this nice page of historical resources.
International Study Group on the Relations Between History and Pedagogy of
Mathematics, an affiliate of the International Commission on Mathematics
Instruction, has a newsletter and annual meetings. I plan to attend the
next quadrennial HPM 2012 meeting in Daejon,
South Korea, this summer.
- The Canadian Society for the History and
Philosophy of Mathematics has a very interesting web page.
- Jeff Miller's
project on the earliest
known uses of many mathematical terms is fascinating and under continuous
Specific resources arranged
- WVXU, was purchased from Xavier University by Cincinnati Public
Radio in 2006. Cincinnati Public Radio also runs WGUC, the home of classical music on
radio in Cincinnati. WVXU provides NPR programming, including the news
programs Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered;
also, Fresh Air, and Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. It also carries Echoes and A Prarie Home Companion.
- The best radio for my taste, however, is
available in the U.S. only through the internet.
It's the thrice-weekly radio show Late Junction, which plays eclectic
classical, progressive, and world music late nights on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays on BBC Radio 3. I'm very glad that
the BBC posts these shows for listening up to 7 days after the original
broadcasts; that way I can get my weekly fix.
Last revised: January 22, 2015