MAA Writing Awards
Tic-Tac-Toe on a Finite Plane
Award: Merten Hasse
Year of Award: 2005
Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 77, 2004, pp.260-274.
Summary: The authors use tic-tac-toe to develop geometric intuition to understand finite planes.
About the Author(s): Maureen T. Carroll is an Associate Professor at the University of Scranton. She and her coauthor first started their collaborations when they were both graduate students at Lehigh University. Although her dissertation field was functional analysis, she has also published papers in voting theory and game theory. She was a Project NExT fellow (green dot) and participated in the Institute in the History of Mathematics.
Steven T. Dougherty received his doctorate from Lehigh University and is now a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Scranton. He has written over 40 papers in coding theory, number theory and combinatorics with 19 coauthors from nine different countries. He has lectured at numerous universities and conferences spanning six countries.