MAA Writing Awards
The Evolution of Mathematical Certainty
Year of Award: 2006
Award: Trevor Evans
Publication Information: Math Horizons, Sept. 2005, pp. 13-17
Summary: The authors endeavor to trace how the belief in the efficacy of reason in explaining everything from nature to present day society evolved through the evolution of the idea of mathematical certainty.
About the Author(s): Ronald Barnes received an undergraduate degree from Saint Bonaventure University and the Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He began his academic career at SUNY College Brockport and then moved on to the University of Houston-Downtown where he is currently Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. He has been an active member of MAA and The American Statistical Association, on the national board of COMAP and editorial board of UMAP. He has written and lectured widely on mathematics, mathematics education and statistics and statistics education.
Linda Becerra has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston, where she is now an Associate Professor. She is the author of a college algebra text and several publications in mathematics and education. She has co-organized and taught teachers and students in summer camps and has mentored students in campus organizations.