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David Marius Bressoud

David BressoudCBMS

Director, Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences

DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Macalester College

Former President, Mathematical Association of America

``If it be then your Pleasure, ye Lovers of Study ...

``Where is the Life ...

Launchings A monthly column of reflections on issues of undergraduate mathematics education that is now posted on the MAA's site, Math Values. Click HERE for a .docx file of links to all past columns.

Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus (NSF #0910240) A five-year NSF-sponsored study of mainstream Calculus I.

Progress through Calculus (NSF #1430540) A successor to Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus, examining what works in the Precalculus through Calculus II sequence and what universities can do to improve student success.

The Role of Calculus in the Transition from High School to College Mathematics (NSF #1550484). The results of a workshop held in 2016 to clarify what we know and what we need to know about the role of calculus in the transition from high school to college mathematics. Click here for a pdf of the final report with color graphics.

My research interests lie in number theory and combinatorics, and especially partition theory (how many ways can you express an integer as the sum of positive integers?) with occasional forays into analysis (special functions, modular forms) and algebra (especially the theory of representations of the symmetric group). I am particularly interested in the mathematics of Srinivasa Ramanujan. My doctoral thesis proved and extended a number of his identities. I enjoy the history of mathematics and have drawn on it in my books:

I also have a series of lectures that provide an introduction to the history of mathematics, starting with ancient Babylonian and Egyptian mathematics and continuing through the solution of the Poincaré Conjecture: Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics. These are 24 half-hour lectures available from Great Courses.

photo taken at the Uppenbarelsekyrkan in Saltsjöbaden, Sweden, 2015

bressoud@macalester.edu - last updated: June 7, 2019


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