ABOUT HOWARD ANTON -- Howard Anton obtained his B.A. from Lehigh University, his M.A. from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, all in mathematics. He worked in the manned space program at Cape Canaveral in the early 1960's. In 1968 he became a research professor of mathematics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he taught and did mathematical research for 15 years. In 1983 he left Drexel as a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics to become a full-time writer of mathematical textbooks. There are now more than 150 versions of his books in print, including translations into Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Italian, and Indonesian. He was awarded a Textbook Excellence Award in 1994 by the Textbook Authors Association, and in 2011 that organization awarded his Elementary Linear Algebra text its McGuffey Award. Dr. Anton has been President of the EPADEL section of the Mathematical Association America, served on the Board of Governors of that organization, and guided the creation of its Student Chapters. For relaxation, Dr. Anton enjoys traveling and photography.
ABOUT CHRIS RORRES -- Chris Rorres earned his B.S. degree from Drexel University and his Ph.D. from the Courant Institute of New York University. He was a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics at Drexel University for more than 30 years where, in addition to teaching, he did applied research in solar engineering, acoustic scattering, population dynamics, computer system reliability, geometry of archaeological sites, optimal animal harvesting policies, and decision theory. He retired from Drexel in 2001 as a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and is now a mathematical consultant. He also has a research position at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he does mathematical modeling of animal epidemics. Dr. Rorres is a recognized expert on the life and work of Archimedes and has appeared in various television documentaries on that subject. His highly acclaimed website on Archimedes is a virtual book that has become an important teaching tool in mathematical history for students around the world.
ABOUT IRL BIVENS -- Irl C. Bivens, recipient of the George Polya Award and the Merten M. Hasse Prize for Expository Writing in Mathematics, received his A.B. from Pfeiffer College and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, both in mathematics. Since 1982, he has taught at Davidson College, where he currently holds the position of professor of mathematics. A typical academic year sees him teaching courses in calculus, topology, and geometry. Dr. Bivens also enjoys mathematical history, and his annual History of Mathematics seminar is a perennial favorite with Davidson mathematics majors. He has published numerous articles on undergraduate mathematics, as well as research papers in his specialty, differential geometry. He has served on the editorial boards of the MAA Problem Book series and The College Mathematics Journal and is a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews. When he is not pursuing mathematics, Professor Bivens enjoys juggling, swimming, walking, and spending time with his son Robert.
ABOUT STEPHEN DAVIS -- Stephen L. Davis received his B.A. from Lindenwood College and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in mathematics. Having previously taught at Rutgers University and Ohio State University, Dr. Davis came to Davidson College in 1981, where he is currently a professor of mathematics. He regularly teaches calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and computer science. A sabbatical in 1995–1996 took him to Swarthmore College as a visiting associate professor. Professor Davis has published numerous articles on calculus reform and testing, as well as research papers on finite group theory, his specialty. Professor Davis has held several offices in the Southeastern section of the MAA, including chair and secretary-treasurer and serving on the MAA Board of Governors. He is currently a faculty consultant for the Educational Testing Service for the grading of the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam, webmaster for the North Carolina Association of Advanced Placement Mathematics Teachers, and is actively involved in nurturing mathematically talented high school students through leadership in the Charlotte Mathematics Club. For relaxation, he plays basketball, juggles, and travels. Professor Davis and his wife Elisabeth have three children, Laura, Anne, and James, all former calculus students.
ABOUT ROBERT BUSBY -- Robert Busby earned his B.S. degree in physics from Drexel University and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at Oakland University in Michigan and was a member of the mathematics department at Drexel University from 1970 to 2003. He is the author of several textbooks and numerous research papers. His research was primarily in various branches of functional analysis, including C*-algebras, group representations, and operator continued fractions. Since retiring from Drexel as Professor Emeritus of mathematics, he has pursued his interests in the development and computer implementation of mathematical models for financial analysis. Dr. Busby enjoys music, reading, and spending time with children and grandchildren.