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Lewis Carroll's Condensation Method for Evaluating Determinants

by Adrian Rice, Eve Torrence

Year of Award: 2007

Award: Trevor Evans

Publication Information: Math Horizons, Nov. 2006, pp. 12-15

Summary: A discussion of the only mathematical research paper and mathematical book published by Charles Dodgson also known as Lewis Carroll

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About the Author(s):

Adrian Rice received a B.Sc. in mathematics from University College London in 1992 and a Ph.D. in the history of mathematics from Middlesex University in 1997 for a dissertation on Augustus De Morgan.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where his research focuses on 19th- and early 20th-century British mathematics. His recent publications include Mathematics Unbound: The Evolution of an International Mathematical Research Community, 1800-1945, edited with Karen Hunger Parshall, and The London Mathematical Society Book of Presidents, 1865-1965, written with Susan Oakes and Alan Pears.

Eve Torrence received her Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Virginia. She was a Clare Boothe Luce Professor at Trinity College, Washington, D.C. from 1991 to 1994 and is currently an Associate Professor at Randolph-Macon College. She was the chair of the Maryland-District of Columbia-Virginia Section of the MAA from 2005 to 2007 and is a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon Council. She is the co-author, with husband Bruce Torrence, of The Student’s Introduction to Mathematica, A Handbook for Precalculus, Calculus, and Linear Algebra. Her areas of interest include geometry, origami, and mathematics education.


Subject classification(s): Index
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2008