Mathematics Awareness Month 2014: Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery

Committee Members

Bruce Torrence is the Garnett Professor of Mathematics at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, VA, where he has taught since 1993 and chaired the Mathematics Department since 2000. He served as coeditor of Math Horizons from 2008-2013. An algebraic topologist by training, his current interests include combinatorics, algebra, and all manner of recreational mathematics. He has also combined his longstanding interest in the visual arts with his mathematical and programming skills to apply mathematical transformations to digital imagery. His two part series, coauthored with David Swart, on stereographic photography appeared in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012. In 2008 Torrence was the recipient of the MD-DC-VA Section of the MAA's John Smith Award for Distinguished College Teaching.


Eve Torrence is professor of mathematics at Randolph-Macon College, where she has taught since 1994. She currently serves as the President of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society for undergraduate students. She has also served as Chair of the MD-DC-VA Section of the MAA. Her current interests include geometry and mathematical art and she recently finished a large aluminum sculpture for the Copley Science Center at Randolph-Macon. She is the author of Cut and Assemble Icosahedra: Twelve Models in White and Color (Dover, 2011) and co-author, with Bruce Torrence, of The Student's Introduction to Mathematica (Cambridge, 1999, 2009). In 2013 Dr. Torrence received a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.


Colm Mulcahy is professor of mathematics at Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, where he has taught since 1988. He is currently visiting The American University in Washington, DC. His background is in algebra, but he's also written papers on wavelet image compression, for one of which he received the Allendoerfer Award from the MAA for excellent in expository writing. Over the last decade, he has been at the forefront of publishing original mathemagical principles and effects, particularly in his long-running bi-monthly Card Colm for the MAA. His book Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects (AK Peters/CRC Press) appeared in 2013. He tweets as @CardColm and has written blogs for the Aperiodical, Huffington Post, and Scientific American. He's particularly active in Gathering for Gardner and the associated Celebration of Mind initiative, and chairs the Martin Gardner Centennial Committee. He had the good fortune to know Martin Gardner for the last decade of his life.