MAA Writing Awards
Mathematical Proof: What It Is and What It Ought to Be
Award: George Pólya
Year of Award: 1982
Publication Information: The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2, (1981), pp. 83-103
About the Author: (from The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2, (1981)) Peter Renz received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and taught at Reed College and Wellesley College before becoming an editor with W.H. Freeman and Company. His published research has been in geometry, topology, analysis, and graph theory, and he has written expository pieces on more general subjects. As an editor, he has published books whose subjects range from ninth-grade algebra to advanced topics in mathematics, computer science, and physics, and he has had the occasion and the need to discuss the role of proofs with a wide range of teachers and mathematicians-particularly as this relates to classroom practice and textbooks.