Jason Rosenhouse

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Jason Rosenhouse is an American author and professor of mathematics at James Madison University, where he was originally appointed an assistant professor in 2003. He became a full professor in 2014. His research focuses on algebraic graph theory, as well as analytic number theory.[1] He ran the blog Evolution Blog at National Geographic's ScienceBlogs,[2] where he frequently criticized creationism.[3] In late 2016 he announced that he was abandoning the blogging format.[4] He has contributed to the pro-evolution blog The Panda's Thumb,[5] and has also contributed to the Huffington Post about topics such as the Higgs boson, in addition to creationism.[6]

Personal Life[edit]

Jason grew up in New Jersey. He was prolific chess player[7][8] attending both tournaments and chess camp while in middle school and high school.


Rosenhouse has a bachelor's degree from Brown University in mathematics (1995), and an M.A. (1997) and PhD in mathematics (2000), both from Dartmouth College.[1] His PhD thesis was entitled "Isoperimetric numbers of certain Cayley graphs associated to PSL (2, [zeta subscript n])".[9]


In 2000, Rosenhouse accepted a position at Kansas State University's mathematics department, at a time when the state school board was embroiled in a dispute over teaching creationism in schools. The school board's elimination of evolution from science textbooks introduced him to the creationist community, and he says that his time spent with them has convinced him that "the task of reconciling science with faith is far more difficult than is sometimes pretended."[10]

Selected publications[edit]

Peer-reviewed papers[edit]

  • Cochrane, T.; Pinner, C.; Rosenhouse, J. (2003). "BOUNDS ON EXPONENTIAL SUMS AND THE POLYNOMIAL WARING PROBLEM MOD p". Journal of the London Mathematical Society. 67 (2): 319. doi:10.1112/S0024610702004040.
  • Rosenhouse, J. (2002). "Probability, Optimization Theory, and Evolution". Evolution. 56 (8): 1721–1723. doi:10.1554/0014-3820(2002)056[1721:POTAE]2.0.CO;2.
  • Lanphier, D.; Rosenhouse, J. (2004). "Cheeger constants of Platonic graphs". Discrete Mathematics. 277: 101. doi:10.1016/S0012-365X(03)00178-X.


  • "The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math's Most Contentious Brain Teaser," Oxford University Press[11]
  • "Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Front Line," Oxford University Press[12][13]
  • "Taking Sudoku Seriously: The Math Behind the World's Most Popular Pencil Puzzle," Oxford University Press[14][15]


  1. ^ a b Jason Rosenhouse Curriculum Vitae
  2. ^ "EvolutionBlog - Science, Religion, Math, Politics and Chess". Scienceblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  3. ^ jrosenhouse on July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09). "Creationists Loves Them Some Thermodynamics! – EvolutionBlog". Scienceblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  4. ^ jrosenhouse on October 18, 2016 (2016-10-18). "Farewell to EvolutionBlog! - EvolutionBlog". Scienceblogs.com. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  5. ^ Rosenhouse, Jason. "Jason Rosenhouse Archives". The Panda's Thumb Blog. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  6. ^ Rosenhouse, Jason (30 August 2012). "Faith in the Higgs?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  7. ^ https://chess-db.com/public/pinfo.jsp?id=2039818
  8. ^ http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=2039818
  9. ^ Isoperimetric numbers of certain Cayley graphs associated to PSL
  10. ^ Rosenhouse, Jason (21 March 2012). "What One Atheist Learned From Hanging Out With Creationists". Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  11. ^ Krámli, A. S. (2009). "Jason Rosenhouse, the Monty Hall Problem, the remarkable story of math's most contentious brain teaser, xii+194 pages, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009". Periodica Mathematica Hungarica. 59 (2): 239. doi:10.1007/s10998-009-0239-z.
  12. ^ Edis, Taner (September–October 2012). "Among the Creationists". Reports of the National Center for Science Education. 32 (5): 4.1–4.3.
  13. ^ Yong, A. (2013). "Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Front Line. By Jason Rosenhouse. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. Xiv + 257. $29.95". Religious Studies Review. 39 (2): 76–76. doi:10.1111/rsr.12027_5.
  14. ^ Devlin, Keith (January 28, 2012), "The Numbers Game", The Wall Street Journal
  15. ^ Hunacek, Mark (January 10, 2012), "Taking Sudoku Seriously: The Math behind the World's Most Popular Pencil Puzzle", MAA Reviews.