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Mathematics Professor Bruce Torrence 

Mathematics Professor Eve Torrence 

RandolphMacon College
Mathematics Professors Bruce Torrence and Eve Torrence are serving as cochairs for Mathematics Awareness Month 2014. The purpose of Mathematics Awareness Month, held each year in April, is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics.
“Bruce and I designed a poster that has been mailed to every mathematics department in the United States, and which also has been made available for school teachers to order,” says Eve Torrence. “We are currently working on finalizing the Mathematical Awareness Month web site. Each of the 30 days of April will have mathematical trick or illusion revealed using video and written materials.”
About Mathematics Awareness Month
The theme of Mathematics Awareness Month 2014, “Mathematics, Magic & Mystery,” pays homage to the 1956 book of the same title, which was written by math popularizer Martin Gardner. His extensive writings introduced the public to hexaflexagons, polyominoes, and much more. For more than half a century Gardner inspired enthusiasts of all ages to engage deeply with mathematics. This year marks the centennial of his birth.
Activities for Mathematics Awareness Month are organized by college and university departments, institutional public information offices, student groups, and related associations and interest groups. They have included a wide variety of workshops, competitions, exhibits, festivals, lectures, and symposia.
“This year the Mathematics Awareness Month Committee and volunteers have put together 30 themerelated activities,” says Bruce Torrence. “Each day in April one activity will be revealed that corresponds with an image on the theme poster.” Contributors will include professional mathematicians and magicians, and each topic will be introduced by a short video and will include supporting materials at various levels of mathematical sophistication.
About Eve Torrence
Eve Torrence joined the RMC faculty in 1994. She serves as the President of
Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society for undergraduate students. She has also served as chair of the MDDCVA Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
Her interests include geometry and
mathematical art and she recently finished a large
aluminum sculpture for the Copley Science Center. She is the author of
Cut and Assemble Icosahedra: Twelve Models in White and Color (Dover, 2011) and coauthor, with Bruce Torrence, of
The Student's Introduction to Mathematica (Cambridge, 1999, 2009). In 2013 she received a
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.
About Bruce Torrence
Bruce Torrence joined the RMC faculty in 1993 and has chaired the
Mathematics Department since 2000. He served as coeditor of
Math Horizons from 20082013. An algebraic topologist by training, his current interests include combinatorics, algebra, and all manner of recreational mathematics. He has also combined his longstanding interest in the visual arts with his mathematical and programming skills to apply mathematical transformations to digital imagery.
A recent article on the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, coauthored with Bahman Kalantari, was selected to appear in
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2013. His twopart series, coauthored with David Swart, on stereographic photography appeared in
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012. In 2008 Torrence was the recipient of the MDDCVA Section of the Mathematical Association of America’s
John Smith Award for Distinguished College Teaching.