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**Laura Anne Taalman**, also known as **mathgrrl**, is an American mathematician known for her work on the mathematics of Sudoku and for her mathematical 3D printing models. Her mathematical research concerns knot theory and singular algebraic geometry; she is a professor of mathematics at James Madison University.

Taalman earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1994.^{[1]} She completed her Ph.D. at Duke University in 2000; her dissertation, *Monomial Generators for the Nash Sheaf of a Complete Resolution*, was supervised by William L. Pardon.^{[1]}^{[2]} On finishing her doctorate, she joined the James Madison faculty; she has also worked as the mathematician-in-residence at the National Museum of Mathematics in 2014–2015.^{[1]}

In 2013–2014, after becoming head of the 3d printing lab at James Madison University despite her inexperience with the subject, Taalman set out on a project of printing one 3d model per day. Her models have included subjects from mathematics including knots, fractals, and snap-together polyhedra.^{[3]}^{[4]}

With Peter Kohn, Taalman is the author of a textbook *Calculus*.^{[5]} She is also the author of a different text, *Calculus I with Integrated Precalculus*.

With Jason Rosenhouse (also a mathematics professor at James Madison University) she is the author of *Taking Sudoku Seriously: The Mathematics Behind the World’s Most Popular Pencil Puzzle*.^{[6]} She has also written a series of Sudoku puzzle books with Philip Riley.^{[7]}

Taalman won the Trevor Evans Award of the Mathematical Association of America in 2003 for her work with Eugénie Hunsicker on the mathematics of Modular architecture.^{[8]}

In 2005, Taalman won the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished
Teaching by a Beginning College or
University Mathematics Faculty Member, given by the Mathematical Association of America.^{[9]}

Her book *Taking Sudoku Seriously* was the 2012 winner of the PROSE Awards in the popular science and popular mathematics category.^{[10]}

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^{a}^{b}^{c}*Curriculum vitae*(PDF), January 2016, retrieved 2018-05-14 **^**Laura Taalman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project**^**Eskin, Blake (December 31, 2013), "Mathgrrl makes a 3d print a day",*Makerbot Stories*, Makerbot**^**Gonzalez, Sara Russell; Bennett, Denise Beaubien (2016),*3D Printing: A Practical Guide for Librarians*, Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 35–36, ISBN 9781442255494**^**Review of*Calculus*:- Bóna, Miklós (March 2013), "Review",
*MAA Reviews*

- Bóna, Miklós (March 2013), "Review",
**^**Reviews of*Taking Sudoku Seriously*:- Devlin, Keith (January 28, 2012), "The numbers game",
*The Wall Street Journal* - Li, Aihua,
*Mathematical Reviews*, MR 2859240`{{citation}}`

: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link) - Hunacek, Mark (January 2012), "Review",
*MAA Reviews* - Bevan, David (November 2013),
*The Mathematical Gazette*,**97**(540): 574–575, doi:10.1017/s0025557200000589`{{citation}}`

: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link) - Keedwell, Donald (February 2018),
*The Mathematical Gazette*,**102**(553): 186–187, doi:10.1017/mag.2018.39`{{citation}}`

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- Devlin, Keith (January 28, 2012), "The numbers game",
**^**Henle, Jim (2015),*The Proof and the Pudding: What Mathematicians, Cooks, and You Have in Common*, Princeton University Press, p. 56, ISBN 9781400865680**^***Simplicity is not simple*, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2019-09-18**^***MathFest 2005 Prizes and Awards*(PDF), Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2018-05-14**^**"2012 Award Winners",*PROSE Awards*, Association of American Publishers, retrieved 2018-05-14

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*Roots of Unity*, Scientific American - Lamb, Evelyn (April 24, 2015), "Mathematics, Live: A Conversation with Katie Steckles and Laura Taalman",
*Roots of Unity*, Scientific American