MAA Writing Awards
Plotting and Scheming with Wavelets
Award: Carl B. Allendoerfer
Year of Award: 1997
Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 69 (1996), pp. 323-343
Summary: An introduction to wavelets using only elementary linear algebra.
Note from the Author: "Plotting and Scheming with Wavelets" appeared in Mathematics Magazine (Vol 69, No 5, December 1996, 323-343), but unfortunately contained three minor errors, which Eugene Lee at SGI spotted and was kind enough to alert us to. See http://www.spelman.edu/~colm/error.html for details and a link to an improved version of the article.
About the Author: (from Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 69 (1996)) Colm Mulcahy earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from University College Dublin, in Ireland. In 1985 he received a Ph.D. from Cornell University, having pursued research in the abstract theory of ordered fields and higher level forms under the guidance of Alex F. T. W. Rosenberg. Since 1988 he has been in the department of mathematics at Spelman College, where his interests have broadened to include computer-aided geometric design, image processing, computer graphics and wavelets, and algebraic codology. This paper was written while the author took a break from trying to prove that the real part of his Erdos number is -1/2.