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Article by Mathematics Professor to Appear in Best Writing Series

Nov 02, 2014

Professor Bruce TorrenceAn article written by Randolph-Macon College Mathematics Professor Bruce Torrence has been selected for The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2014 (Princeton University Press). This annual anthology brings together the year’s finest mathematics writing from around the world. The article, "The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra for Artists," is coauthored with Rutgers University Computer Science Professor Bahman Kalantari and was originally published in Math Horizons (2013).

"The article explains the fundamental theorem of algebra in a visual way," says Torrence. "The explanation is based on Kalantari's geometric modulus principle, which gives a new way of understanding the critical points of complex polynomials."

About Bruce Torrence
Torrence joined the R-MC faculty in 1993 and has chaired the Mathematics Department since 2000. He served as coeditor of Math Horizons from 2008-2013. 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.

Torrence's two-part series, coauthored with David Swart on stereographic photography, appeared in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012. In 2008 Torrence was the recipient of the MD-DC-VA Section of the Mathematical Association of America's John Smith Award for Distinguished College Teaching. In 2009 he was named the first recipient of R-MC's Dorothy and Muscoe Garnett Professorship in Mathematics. He is the co-author, with R-MC Mathematics Professor Eve Torrence, of The Student's Introduction to Mathematica (Cambridge, 1999, 2009).

Torrence received a Wolfram Innovator Award in October 2014 in recognition of his contributions to both teaching and research with the Mathematica software system. Wolfram Research is a computer, web, and cloud software company. The conference was held in Champaign, Illinois.