Alexander Soifer

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Alexander Soifer
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Alexander Soifer, October, 2007, Colorado
Born
Alexander Soifer

(1948-08-14) August 14, 1948 (age 73)
Alma materMoscow State Pedagogical University
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorLeonid Kulikov; Paul Erdős

Alexander Soifer is a Russian-born American mathematician and mathematics author. His works include over 400 articles and 13 books.

Soifer obtained his Ph.D. in 1973[1] and has been a professor of mathematics at the University of Colorado since 1979. He was visiting fellow at Princeton University from 2002 to 2004, and again in 2006–2007. Soifer also teaches courses on art history and European cinema. His publications include 13 books and over 400 articles.

Every spring, Soifer, along with other mathematician colleagues, sponsors the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Soifer compiles and writes most of the problems for the contest. The CMO was founded by Soifer on April 18, 1983.[2]

For the Olympiad's 30th anniversary, the university produced a film about it.[3] In May 2018, in recognition of 35 years of leadership, the judges and winners decided in 2018 to rename the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad to the Soifer Mathematical Olympiad.

In 1991 Soifer founded the research quarterly Geombinatorics, and publishes it with the editorial board.[4]

In July 2006 at the University of Cambridge, Soifer was presented with the Paul Erdős Award by the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions.

Soifer is currently the President of the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions. His Erdős number is 1.

Selected books[edit]

Cover of the 116th issue of Geombinatorics XXVIII(4) depicts Ronald L. Graham presenting to Aubrey de Grey the $1000 prize for creating the first 5-chromatic unit distance graph (see Hadwiger-Nelson problem)
  • The Scholar and the State: In Search of Van der Waerden Springer, New York, 2015 (publisher: Birkhauser-Springer, Basel)
  • Mathematics as Problem Solving Center for Excellence in Mathematical Education, Colorado Springs, 1987
  • How does one cut a triangle? Center for Excellence in Mathematical Education, Colorado Springs, 1990
  • Colorado Mathematical Olympiad: The First Ten Years and Further Explorations Center for Excellence in Mathematical Education, Colorado Springs, 1991
  • Geometric Etudes in Combinatorial Mathematics Center for Excellence in Mathematical Education, Colorado Springs, 1994
  • The Mathematical Coloring Book Springer, New York 2009
  • Mathematics as Problem Solving 2nd ed. Springer, New York 2009
  • How Does One Cut a Triangle? 2nd ed. Springer, New York 2009
  • The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad and Further Explorations: From the Mountains of Colorado to the Peaks of Mathematics Springer, New York 2011
  • The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad; The Third Decade and Further Explorations: From the Mountains of Colorado to the Peaks of Mathematics Springer, New York 2017
  • Geometric Etudes in Combinatorial Mathematics 2nd ed. Springer, New York 2010
  • Ramsey Theory: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Birkhäuser-Springer 2011
  • Life and Fate: In Search of Van der Waerden, appeared in November 2008 in Russian. The expanded English edition, The Scholar and the State: In Search of Van der Waerden, was published by Birkhäuser-Springer in 2017.

Geombinatorics[edit]

Geombinatorics is a quarterly scientific journal of mathematics. It was established by editor-in-chief Alexander Soifer in 1991 and is published by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The journal covers problems in discrete, convex, and combinatorial geometry, as well as related areas. The journal is indexed in Zentralblatt MATH,[5] Excellence Research Australia, and MathSciNet.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander Soifer at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ http://olympiad.uccs.edu/
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOTiA4YWU-k
  4. ^ http://geombina.uccs.edu/
  5. ^ "Serials Database". Zentralblatt MATH. Springer Science+Business Media. Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  6. ^ "Geombinatorics". JournalGuide. Retrieved 2018-07-28.

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