Jerrold W. Grossman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Oakland University, (248) 935-1029,
grossman@oakland.edu
## Here are some useful or interesting WWW pages:AMS directory, AMS, MSC, MAA, OU MSN, MSN, authors, ZBMath, Jahrbuch, google, webmail, Voyager, futures, quotes, Erdös (Erdős) Numbers, xkcd, Det. FP, Oak. Press, NYT, Wash. Post, CNN, money, WUOM, MacTutor, FacRes, ACBL, ACBLd12, MiBC, eBay, amazon, FB, ZIP codes, postage, MapQuest, MathFac, DeptSched, time, age, translate, DBLP, e-cards, netflix, geneal, JSTOR, IRS, CPI, national debt, shortz, collab, sequences, bridgebase, orbitz, Delta, calendar, anagrams, OU-AAUP, accuweather, cnn weather, pop clock, Michigan MAA, E*Trade, keyboard shortcuts## Erdös Number ProjectA pet project of mine is to keep track of the extent of collaboration in the mathematical sciences. This project includes keeping up-to-date lists showing all people with Erdös number less than or equal to 2. (The late Paul Erdös has Erdös number 0, his co-authors have Erdös number 1, the other co-authors of his co-authors have Erdös number 2, and so on.) Browse our lists and information on the Erdös Number Project home page, and send any additions or corrections to me.## ResearchMy research is mainly in discrete mathematics. Within discrete mathematics I concentrate on graph theory (which is a branch of combinatorics). However, I have also worked in theoretical computer science, elementary number theory, algebraic topology, probability and statistics, and other areas. One of my favorite papers is "A mod-n Ackermann function, or what's so special about 1969?" (American Mathematical Monthly, 1993), which concerns a conjecture about the behavior of an iteration process that is true for every value ofn less than 4,000,000
except for n = 1969. This provides a great lesson in not jumping to
conclusions on the basis of numerical evidence.
In addition, I am fond of mathematical puzzles and
games, and I like to propose and solve mathematical problems, such
as appear in the American
Mathematical Monthly and Mathematics Magazine, or occur
on the Putnam competition.
I'm particularly proud of a problem in ## Other professional activitiesMyteaching
interests were also fairly broad, including computer
science, statistics, and
mathematics
courses for elementary education majors, as well as the usual
mathematics major and service courses at both the graduate and the
undergraduate level. I must be doing a few things right, because I received
Oakland University's Teaching Excellence Award in 1992 and the 1994
Award for Distinguished
College or University Teaching of Mathematics in Michigan. My textbook,
Discrete
Mathematics: An
Introduction to Concepts, Methods, and Applications
(Macmillan/Prentice-Hall/Pearson,
1990), is suitable for a sophomore level course covering logic, set
theory, graph theory, combinatorics, and algorithms for mathematics and
computer science majors.
The third part of a faculty member's job is
## Brief biographyI was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 1948, grew up in Arlington, Virginia (suburban Washington, DC), attended Glencarlyn (rebuilt as Carlin Springs) and Claremont Elementary Schools and Gunston Junior High School, and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1966 (see also this page and this one, as well as this one about my being in their Hall of Fame), where perhaps the highlight was being named one of the Westinghouse (later Intel, now Regeneron) Science Talent Search Top 40 national finalists; attended Stanford University, earning a BS and MS in mathematics in 1970; and received a PhD in mathematics (in algebraic topology under Dan Kan*) from M.I.T. in 1974. I was on the mathematics faculty at Oakland University from 1974 to 2018. I also spent summers during college working as a mathematician at the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology).*My academic genealogy proceeds backwards from Kan through Samuel Eilenberg, Karol Borsuk, and Stefan Mazurkiewicz to Waclaw Sierpinski. Sierpinski seems to have had two academic advisors: Georgy Voronoy in fact, and Stanislaw Zaremba officially. From Voronoy the chain goes through several Russians: Andrei Markov, Pafnuty Chebyshev, and Nikolai Brashman, before ending, I am told, at the Viennese astronomer and mathematician Joseph Johann von Littrow (1781–1840). From Zaremba the chain goes through lots of other famous names, including Simeon Denis Poisson, Joseph Lagrange, Leonhard Euler, Johann Bernoulli, Jacob Bernoulli, and Gottfried Leibniz. A great web site tracks such genealogy. A cute feature on
me appeared in ## Personal informationI live in Rochester Hills, Oakland County, Michigan (about 30 miles north of Detroit) with my wife, Suzanne Zeitman, and our cats, Nigel and Lena. Suzanne also has two horses, Elroy and PJae, who live in a barn half an hour from home. In my spare time I like to travel, play tournament bridge (7300 master points), sail Siegfried (my Laser), cross-country ski, and in general eat, drink, and be merry. There is a sculpture of a Galapagos tortoise by William (Bill) Allen at the Detroit Zoo in memory of our daughter,Pamela Jane Grossman (1984–1990).
There is also a fund in her memory at Oakland University.
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