Mathematics Professor Adrian Rice
R-MC Mathematics Professor Adrian Rice received
the Trevor Evans Award from the Mathematical Association of America at their annual
MathFest summer meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Trevor Evans Awards, established
by the Board of Governors in 1992 and first awarded in 1996, are made to authors
of expository articles that are accessible to undergraduates and are published in
Math Horizons. The Awards are named for Trevor Evans, a distinguished mathematician,
teacher, and writer at Emory University.
Rice was recognized for his article titled Gaussian Guesswork (or Why 1.19814023473559220744...
is Such a Beautiful Number).
At the awards ceremony, Rice was lauded for the article: “In this delightful exposition,
Adrian Rice draws on stories from the life of Carl Friedrich Gauss to demonstrate
the experimentation, observation, invention, and imagination that nurture the living
and growing subject of mathematics. The article discusses entries in Gauss’ mathematical
diary. He began with numerical experimentation, which led to proving an amazing
relationship between a sophisticated form of average, a particular value of an elliptic
integral and the well-known ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
Readers will walk through critical stages of Gauss’ intellectual journey and see
how one of the giants of mathematics, on whose shoulders we often stand today, used
intuition as part of his approach to discovering new mathematics.”
Rice, who joined the faculty at R-MC in 1999, earned his B.S. in mathematics from
University College London and his Ph.D. in the history of mathematics from Middlesex
University. His research at R-MC focuses on 19th-century and early 20th-century
mathematics. His publications include Mathematics Unbound: The Evolution of an International
Mathematical Research Community, 1800–1945 (edited with Karen Hunger Parshall)
and The London Mathematical Society Book of Presidents, 1865–1965 (written
with Susan Oakes and Alan Pears.) He recently co-edited a book on mathematics in