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# R-MC Professor to Appear in Best Writing on Mathematics

Mathematics Professor Bruce Torrence |

11/15/12

Randolph-Macon College Mathematics Professor Bruce
Torrence is the co-author of two articles selected for *The Best Writing on Mathematics
2012* (Princeton University Press). The yearly anthology brings together
the year’s best mathematics writing from around the world.

A review by the *New York Journal of Books* says “*The Best Writing on Mathematics
2012* will be sure to delight all who enjoy or are just curious about math.
This year’s best essays on mathematics cover a wide variety of topics including
biography, geometry, origami, and math as it relates to music, dance, philosophy,
and teaching. Such a good collection that I can’t wait for next year and *The Best
Writing on Mathematics 2013*.”

“My articles describe how to use mathematics to warp photographic imagery for artistic
purposes,” explains Torrence. “They are co-authored with David Swart, a digital-imaging
specialist who works for Christie Digital in Canada. The title for the combined
pair of articles is *
Mathematics meets photography: the viewable sphere*.”

Torrence joined the faculty in 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tufts University, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in mathematics from University of Virginia.

In 2008 he received the John M. Smith Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association
of America. In 2009, he was named the first recipient of the
Dorothy and Muscoe Garnett Professorship in Mathematics. Torrence, the co-editor
of *Math Horizons*, serves as chair of the Department of Mathematics. He
and R-MC Mathematics Professor Eve Torrence are the authors of *The Student’s Introduction
to Mathematica – A Handbook for Precalculus, Calculus, and Linear Algebra*
(1999, Cambridge University Press). A second edition of the book was released in
2009.