Professor Bruce Torrence, Ph.D.
Mathematics professor Bruce Torrence, Ph.D., has been elected co-editor of Math Horizons. The popular
journal is intended for undergraduate students interested in mathematics. Its goal
is to explore mathematics outside of the classroom through applications, puzzles
and humor. Torrence and his co-editor, Dr. Stephen Abbott, professor of mathematics
at Middlebury College in Vermont, were selected by the Mathematical Association
of America, which publishes the journal. They will begin in 2008 as editors elect
and their official five-year term begins in 2009.
Torrence joined the faculty of Randolph-Macon College in 1993 and currently serves
as chair of the mathematics department. He holds degrees from Tufts University and
University of Maryland, as well as a Ph.D. from University of Virginia. Torrence
is a regular columnist for the journal
Mathematica in Education & Research. In 1999, he published his
first book, along with his wife and colleague Dr. Eve Torrence, entitled The Student’s
Introduction to Mathematica - A Handbook for Pre-calculus, Calculus, and Linear
Algebra (Cambridge University Press). It is intended to help undergraduate students
use the Mathematica software system in an educational setting. The second edition
of Mathematica will be available next year.
Torrence enjoys listening to jazz music and is an avid cyclist. He is the faculty
advisor to the Randolph-Macon College
Cycling Club and is often seen on campus with his bicycle. His research
interests include algebraic topology, graph theory and combinatorics. In 1996, he
created a computer classroom for the R-MC mathematics department with a grant from
the National Science Foundation.