Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA (253) 535-8341 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Capstone: Senior Seminar I
Capstone: Senior Seminar II
For a complete list of classes I've taught, see my cv.
Current and recent projects
My scholarship is in the areas of abstract algebra, recreational math, math and popular culture, and math and art.
Current and recent projects
I am currently involved in the Mathemalchemy project: twenty-three mathematicians and artists, under the leadership of mathematician Ingrid Debauchies and artist Dominique Ehrmann, are working together to create a large multimedia art installation that celebrates the creativity and beauty of mathematics.
I also recently had two chapters, "''Elegance in design’: mathematics and the works of Ted Chiang" and " 'Bok bok': exploring the game of Chicken in film” (with Jennifer F. Nordstrom) published in the Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences (ed. Bharath Sriraman. Springer International Publishing, Cham. 2020).
I have coedited/written a couple of books.
The first is an open source textbook, First-Semester Abstract Algebra: A Structural Approach. It is specifically designed to suit a single-semester introductory abstract course, rather than to be a comprehensive reference source. The book is written in PreTeXt (formerly known as MathBook XML), and copyrighted under a GNU Free Documentation License (v. 1.3). If you want to use it for a course, feel free to do so under the terms of the license; you can access it in HTML form by clicking on its title (above), and you may email me at email@example.com if you wish to obtain a copy of it as a PDF. You can also purchase a paperback copy of the book from Lulu. Finally, if you would like to have my PreTeXt files so you can adapt them for your own needs, you may clone them from the GitHub repository sklarjk/aaptx. The book is a work in progress, so if you find errors or have suggestions, please let me know!
My other book is a collection of essays on mathematics and popular culture. It is available as a paperback or as an eBook. You can buy it from the publisher, McFarland & Co., or at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.
For a complete list of my publications and professional presentations, please see my cv.
I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon in June, 2001, under the guidance of Professor Frank Anderson, and couldn't have been happier with my choices of school and advisor. My current research interests lie in the areas of abstract algebra and the popularizing of mathematics. I received my B.A. in Mathematics and English from Swarthmore College back in 1995, and obtained my Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Oregon in 1997.
Last significant update: 27 September 2020.