John Stillwell

Summary

John Colin Stillwell (born 1942) is an Australian mathematician on the faculties of the University of San Francisco and Monash University.[1]

John Stillwell
Born (1942-08-12) 12 August 1942 (age 81)
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D, 1970)
AwardsChauvenet Prize (2005)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics
Institutions1970 until 2001: Monash University
2002 to date: University of San Francisco
Doctoral advisorHartley Rogers, Jr

Biography

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He was born in Melbourne, Australia and lived there until he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his doctorate.[1] He received his PhD from MIT in 1970, working under Hartley Rogers, Jr,[2] who had himself worked under Alonzo Church.[3] From 1970 until 2001, he taught at Monash University back in Australia and in 2002 began teaching in San Francisco.[1]

Honors

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In 2005, Stillwell was the recipient of the Mathematical Association of America's prestigious Chauvenet Prize for his article "The Story of the 120-Cell,"[4] Notices of the AMS, January 2001, pp. 17–24.[5] In 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[6]

Works

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Books

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Stillwell is the author of many textbooks and other books on mathematics including:

  • Classical Topology and Combinatorial Group Theory, 1980, ISBN 0-387-97970-0
    • 2012 pbk reprint of 1993 2nd edition ISBN 978-0-387-97970-0
  • Mathematics and Its History, 1989, pbk reprint of 2nd edition 2002; 3rd edition 2010, ISBN 0-387-95336-1[7]
  • Geometry of Surfaces, 1992, ISBN 0-387-97743-0; [8] 2012 pbk reprint of 1st edition
  • Elements of Algebra: Geometry, Numbers, Equations, 1994,[9] ISBN 0-387-94290-4
  • Numbers and Geometry, 1998, ISBN 0-387-98289-2
  • Elements of Number Theory, 2003, ISBN 0-387-95587-9
  • The Four Pillars of Geometry, 2005,[10] ISBN 0-387-25530-3
  • Yearning for the Impossible: The Surprising Truths of Mathematics, 2006, ISBN 1-56881-254-X[11]
  • Naive Lie Theory, 2008, ISBN 0-387-98289-2[12]
  • Roads to Infinity, 2010, ISBN 978-1-56881-466-7
  • The Real Numbers: An Introduction to Set Theory and Analysis, 2013, ISBN 978-3319015767[13]
  • Elements of Mathematics: From Euclid to Gödel, 2016, ISBN 978-0691171685[14]
  • Reverse Mathematics: Proofs from the Inside Out, 2018, ISBN 978-0691177175
  • A Concise History of Mathematics for Philosophers, 2019, ISBN 978-1108610124
  • The Story of Proof: Logic and the History of Mathematics, 2022, ISBN 978-0691234366

Selected articles

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References

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  1. ^ a b c "John Stillwell | University of San Francisco". www.usfca.edu. Archived from the original on 29 September 2010.
  2. ^ "John Stillwell - The Mathematics Genealogy Project". www.mathgenealogy.org.
  3. ^ "Hartley Rogers, Jr. - The Mathematics Genealogy Project". www.mathgenealogy.org.
  4. ^ "Story of the 120-Cell" (PDF).
  5. ^ "MAA awards page". Archived from the original on 31 May 2000. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  6. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 5 August 2013.
  7. ^ Wilders, Richard J. (16 August 2010). "Review of Mathematics and Its History by John Stillwell". MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America.
  8. ^ "Geometry of Surfaces by John Stillwell (Review by Choice Review, J. McCleary)". Library Catalog, University of Chicago.
  9. ^ Freudenburg, Gene (1 January 1996). "Review of Elements of Algebra". The American Mathematical Monthly. 103 (2): 186–189. doi:10.2307/2975124. JSTOR 2975124.
  10. ^ Hunacek, Mark (1 January 2007). "Review of The Four Pillars of Geometry". The Mathematical Gazette. 91 (521): 375–378. doi:10.1017/S0025557200181951. JSTOR 40378384. S2CID 164895282.
  11. ^ Biss, Daniel (June–July 2007). "Review: Yearning for the Impossible, by John Stillwell" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 54 (6): 722–723.
  12. ^ Stenger, Allen (6 October 2008). "Review of Naive Lie Theory by John Stillwell". MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America.
  13. ^ Stenger, Allen (5 February 2014). "Review of The Real Numbers: An Introduction to Set Theory and Analysis by John Stillwell". MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America.
  14. ^ Hunacek, Mark (12 May 2016). "Review of Elements of Mathematics: From Euclid to Gödel by John Stillwell". MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America.