The Marriage of Matrices and Polynomials
AU's Math 496 Spring 2018
About the course organizer and instructor:
Dan Kalman is nationally
known as a mathematical writer and lecturer. He has been
investigating properties of matrices and polynomials (among other
things) for over 35 years. Professor Kalman has given invited
lectures and keynote addresses at many national and regional
mathematical conferences, student mathematics conferences, and events
hosted by student organizations. Recent examples include two keynote
addresses at the Miami University Mathematics Conference in 2014,
co-presenting a minicourse (The Hitchhiker's Guide to
Mathematics) at MAA's Mathfest 2015, and a professional
development lecture to the AP Calculus Exam graders in 2016.
His writing has won numerous awards
from the Mathematical Association of
America, including the 2012
Beckenbach Book Prize for a book on polynomials and related topics.
Kalman has also acquired something of a reputation as a fan, promoter,
and practitioner of the art of the pun. However, his propensities
in this area have been grossly exaggerated.1
As documented by the MAA
(see page 57).