Gary Towsley

Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics
South 324C

Gary Towsley has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1974.

Gary Towsley Profile

Office Hours

  • MWF: 9:30 - 10:20
  • T 8:30-10
  • or by appointment

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester (1971,1975)

  • B.S., Case Institute of Technology (1968)


  • Instructor 1974-75

  • Assistant Professor 1975-1985

  • Associate Professor 1985-1997

  • Professor 1997-1998

  • Distinguished Teaching Professor 1998-Present


Talks I have given and will give again if asked:

  1. The Archimedes Palimpsest
  2. Euler and the Zeta Function
  3. Signore Galileo, are you joking?
  4. Where in the History of Mathematics is S. Ramanujan


  • INTD 220: History of Physical Sciences

    This course will explore the history of the physical sciences: physics, chemistry, geology, and related fields. Attention will be given to both the scientific advances (especially as revealed in key experiments), and also the broader development of a scientific world view. After initial class meetings, small teams of students will work independently to produce a focused study on a particular person, experiment, or institution. Each team will have members from the sciences and members from the humanities. The course focus will be on Western thought between the years 1500 and 1900, although a few projects outside those guidelines may be allowed with instructor permission. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and junior standing with a major of History, Philosophy, Physics, Chemistry or Geology. Offered in Spring when demand is sufficient

  • MATH 228: Calculus II for Biologists

    A continuation of first semester calculus, with an emphasis on modeling and applications of mathematics and statistics to the biological sciences. Topics to be covered include exponential and logarithmic functions, differential equations, matrices, systems of differential equations, and an introduction to probability and statistics. Prerequisites: MATH 221. Offered every spring

  • MATH 319: Theory of Numbers

    An introduction to classical number theory dealing with such topics as divisibility, prime and composite numbers, Diophantine equations, the congruence notation and its applications, quadratic residues. Prerequisites: MATH 222 and MATH 239. Offered spring, odd years

  • MATH 390: History of Mathematics

    The history of mathematics is traced from antiquity to the achievements of twenty-first century mathematicians. Applications to secondary and elementary school teaching are included. Prerequisites: MATH 222. Offered every spring