Department of Mathematics
I started first grade in a one room schoolhouse outside of Downs, Kansas, where I was the only first grader. My family then moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where I attended excellent public elementary and high schools for second through tenth grade. I finished high school at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. I have always been proud of fellow Missourians Mark Twain and Harry S Truman.
When I went to college at Amherst, my interests were mathematics, physics, philosophy and poetry, but I also took courses in anthropology, psychology and religion ( specifically, religions of China and India).
Chicago was an especially attractive place to attend graduate school, because I could see many of the blues musicians I appreciated play live in small clubs.
I learned late in life (age 40+) that collaboration is an especially effective way to make a greater contribution to mathematics, much more effective than working in isolation. I have learned an enormous amount from my collaborators.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Algebraic Topology
- Computations in Stable Homotopy Theory
- Topological modular forms
- Connective K-theory
- Red shift
- Root invariants
Please see my papers, talks, software, and various notes.
- PhD - University of Chicago, 1977
- SM - University of Chicago, 1974
- BA - Amherst College, 1972.
- (Fall 2020) MAT 6500, Intro to Point Set Topology
- (Fall 2020) MAT 2250, Elementary Linear Algebra
Fall 2019: MAT 2020 Calculus II
Fall 2019: MAT 7510 Algebraic Topology I
Winter 2020: on leave at Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (KTH), Stockholm.
Older courses: Web pages of courses taught