MAA Writing Awards
Hammer Juggling, Rotational Instability, and Eigenvalues
Year of Award: 2007
Award: Carl B. Allendoerfer
Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, vol. 79, (2006), pp. 243-250
Summary: The author uses multivariate calculus and linear algebra to explain a well-known physics phenomenon.
About the Author: Carl V. Lutzer is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and was selected for inclusion in the “Who's Who Among America's Teachers” in both 2003 and 2004. He was a finalist for RIT's Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching in both 2002 and 2003, and was a 2000-2001 ExxonMobil Project NExT Fellow. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky under the direction of Dr. Peter Hislop. His mathematical research interests tend to lie in the analysis of partial differential equations and their application to physics and biology. In addition to mathematics and teaching, he enjoys writing fiction, fencing (the sport, not the barrier), and being a father.