Description: "How many?" is the most basic question in mathematics. It also can be one of the most profound. How many different molecules can we construct from a collection of atoms? How many regions are there in space sliced by random planes? How many paths along a lattice will take us to our destination? How many ways can we stack boxes into a corner? These questions are important to physicists, chemists, and computer scientists. We'll explore some of these counting problems and reveal some techniques for sophisticated counting.
David Bressoud is DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. He studied analytic number theory with Emil Grosswald at Temple University and taught at Penn State until 1994. He has received the MAA Distinguished Teaching Award, the MAA Beckenbach Book Award for Proofs and Confirmations, Macalester's Jefferson Award, and has served as MAA Polya Lecturer. He has published over fifty research articles on combinatorics, number theory, and special functions. Other books include Factorization and Primality Testing, Second Year Calculus from Celestial Mechanics to Special Relativity, A Radical Approach to Real Analysis, and, with Stan Wagon, A Course in Computational Number Theory. He has served as chair of the AP Calculus Development Committee, and he loves reading, writing, and travel.
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