MAA Writing Awards
The Gravity of Hades
Year of Award: 2007
Award: Chauvenet Prize
Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, vol. 75, No. 5, December 2002, pp. 335-350.
Summary: A discussion of gravitational strength using several models of a planet’s composition.
About the Author: Andrew J. Simoson received a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1979 under Dr. Leonard Asimow at the University of Wyoming where he worked on extensions of separation theorems in infinite dimensional spaces. Since then he has been chairman of the Mathematics Department at King College in Bristol, Tennessee, except for two Fulbright sabbatical years, at the University of Botswana and the University of Dar es Salaam. He has the good fortune to have a MAA book just off the presses, Hesiod's Anvil: Falling and Spinning through Heaven and Earth, the thirtieth volume in the Dolciani series. Its second chapter is a version of "The Gravity of Hades."