Past Classes Taught at Geneseo
I am an active member of the Mathematical Association of America. In
particular, I am the liaison coordinator and the co-chair of the Program
Committee. I am also a member of the American Mathematical
Areas of research
- Low-dimensional Topology
- Knots, Links, and 3-manifolds
I am currently pursuing several research projects. The newest of the
projects is an exploration of the role of Euclid's Fourth Postulate:
"All right angles are equal." The older of these projects
consists of investigating how the Casson-Walker-Lescop 3-manifold
invariant changes when modifying the presenting link for a 3-manifold.
This project has evolved into studying questions of the Ohtsuki invariants
of rational homology spheres, and questions of the space of finite type
invariants for links of three or more components. Another long-term
project is to study symmetries of links. In particular I am
examining a refinement of unlinking number accounting for which components
are involved in each of the crossing changes, a so-called coloured
unlinking number. Finally, I am examining comparisons and connections
between mathematician Evariste Galois and composer Hector Berlioz.
Areas of interest
- Game, SET - Math (mathematics of the card game SET)
- Kaleidoscopic Mathematics
- The World That We See: Perspective and Projective Geometry
- Mathematics and Music
- The Fourth Dimension and Science Fiction
- A Concise History of Calculus
- Mathematics of the Calendar
- An Introduction to Knot Theory
- Evariste Galois and Hector Berlioz
- Evariste Galois and the Solution of Algebraic Equations
A Type 2 Polynomial Invariant of Links Derived from the Casson-Walker
Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications, Vol. 8, No.
4 (1999) 491-504.
Casson-Walker-Lescop invariant and link invariants, Journal
of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications, Vol. 14, No. 4 (2005) 425-433.
moves and the Casson-Walker-Lescop invariant, New York
Journal of Mathematics, Vol. 10 (2004), 231-247.
Modern Geometry and the End of
Mathematics, in MAA notes #68 From
to Computers: Using the Last
200 Years of Mathematics History in the Classroom, 2005.
Seaway NExT Steering Committee Chair 2008-
2000-2001 fellow (aka
Co-organized "Creating and Teaching Interdisciplinary Courses" session at
Joint Meetings in New Orleans. January 11, 2001.
AMS national meeting in New Orleans, January 10 - 13, 2001.
"Colored Unlinking", special session on
geometry and topology of low dimensional manifolds.
"Temperament of Mind: Hector Berlioz and Evariste Galois", contributed
AMS sectional meeting in Las Vegas, April 21 - 22, 2001.
Co-organized special session on the
topology of links.
MAA national MathFest in Madison, August 2 - 4, 2001.
"Infiltrating Preservice Elementary School
Mathematics with History", contributed paper session on the use of
history in the teaching of mathematics.
MAA national MathFest in Burlington, VT, July 31 - August 4, 2002
"Modern Geometry", contributed paper
session on the use of recent history of mathematics in teaching.
"Welcome to Mathematics: A Cornerstone Experience", contributed
paper session on the role of proof in teaching mathematics.
MAA national MathFest in Boulder, CO, July 30 - August 2, 2003
"Days are Numbers: The Mathematics
of the Calendar", general contributed paper session.
"Honesty is the Best Philosophy", contributed paper session on
innovations in quantitative literacy.
MAA national MathFest in Providence, RI, August 11 - 15, 2004
Co-organised session on "Extracurricular
MAA national MathFest in Albuquerque, NM, August 3 - 6, 2005
"Why Are We Math Majors?", contributed
paper session on current issues in mathematics education courses.
"Greatest Hits of Mathematics"
contributed paper session.
MAA national MathFest in Knoxville, TN,
August 9 - 12, 2006
"A Little Moore Probability",
contributed paper session on current issues in mathematics education
"Kaleidoscope", general contributed paper session.
MAA national MathFest in San Jose, CA, August 2 - 5, 2007
"Where are we from? - An entire class
project", contributed paper session on getting students to discuss
and to write about mathematics.
"Four dimensional tic-tac-toe on a torus - the game of SET", general
contributed paper session
5th annual Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at Simpson
College, Indianola, IA. April 2008
"Game: SET - Math", invited
MAA national MathFest in Madison, WI, July 30 - August 2, 2008
"Vedic Decimal Patterns", contributed
paper session on interesting topics in history of mathematics that
enchance the teaching and learning of mathematics.
"Place Value Airthmetic via Polynomials", contributed paper session
on innovations in mathematics education.
MAA national MathFest in Portland, OR, August 5 - 8, 2009
"Counting Student Groupings",
contributed paper session on fascinating examples from
combinatorics, number theory, and discrete mathematics.
"The Mathematical Fiction and Exposition of Rudy Rucker", general
contributed paper session
MAA national MathFest in Pittsburgh, PA, August 4 - 7, 2010
"Euclid's Neglected Postulate",
contributed paper session on history of mathematics uses in the
"Four different experiences", contributed paper session on first
year seminar / experience mathematics courses.
MAA national MathFest in Lexington, KY, August 3 - 6, 2011
"A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep - 4000
BCE to 1950", general contributed paper session.
"Probability and Strategy in Farkle", contributed paper session on
MAA national MathFest in Madison, WI, August 1 - 4, 2012
"The Flat Earth: The Mathematics of
Mapmaking", general contributed paper session.
"Editing Episodes - Magazine, Chapter, and More:
Diverse Writing and Editing Projects", contributed paper session
on incorporating writing and editing into mathematics
MAA national MathFest in Hartford, CT, July 31 - August 3, 2013
"Tinkering with a Mathematical
Goldmine" about this
, contributed paper session on recreational
"Spherical Triangle Area and Angle Sum", contributed paper session
on geometry proofs.
MOVES conference at Museum of Mathematics, NYC, August 4 - 6, 2013
"Game: SET - Math" talk
"Kaleidoscopic Mathematics" family activity
Among many other things, perhaps a personal web
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