Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., MIT (1964)
A.B., Harvard College (1958)
A.M. (honorary), Amherst College (1978)

Research Interests

Expository writing about misuses of data and of mathematics

Novel uses of undergraduate mathematical analysis, in estimation and in graphics

Teaching Interests

Analysis and Probability

Awards and Honors

Goodwin Medal and Prize for conspicuously effective teaching, MIT, 1962

Lithograph of "Tecumseh" selected for display in the juried National Prints and Drawings Exhibition, Warbeke Gallery, Mount Holyoke, 1976

Biographical sketch (by Franke) and five computer drawings presented in Computergrafik-Galerie, Herbert W. Franke, DuMont Buchverlag, Köln, 1984, pp. 133-135.

Invited contributor to the exhibit printmaking: at the speed of thought, The Print Club, Philadelphia, Nov.-Dec., 1989

Seven works exhibited at Kunsthalle Bremen, June – August, 2007, in the show Ex Machina – Frühe Computergrafik bis 1979, and illustrated in the show catalog.

Scholarly and Professional Activities (recent)

Invited participant, IPP26, Boston, July 2006

Invited participant, G4G7 (conference honoring Martin Gardner, Atlanta), March 2006

Contributed talk, annual meeting of the Math. Assoc. of Amer., San Antonio, Jan. 14, 2006

Contributed talk, annual meeting of the Math. Assoc. of Amer., Atlanta, Jan; 6, 2005

Regular contributor to "Media Highlights" column, College Math. Journal


My other web site (

Chance News 6.10 (Item #5: Nonrandom risk: The 1970 draft lottery)

Chance News 18 (Item #4: How to Lie with Statistics Turns Fifty); My review

Computer Graphics in Historical Perspective

Wikipedia: Draft Lottery (1969)

Demos with Positive Impact: Trominos and Sixway lamp

Wolfram: Starr Rose Mesh

Article: Linda Hall Library Exhibit

Retirement booklet

Updated 6-2015

See also: Selected Publications

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