Ahead of Maths Week next week, Professor Colm Mulcahy, who is based in the United States will be visiting our Arranmore Island school, Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada tomorrow to facilitate maths workshops with students and maths teachers. He specialises in recreational/fun maths for students.
A native of Ireland, Professor Mulcahy is professor of mathematics at Spelman College, in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1988. He trained in algebra, having earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mathematical science from University College Dublin and a Ph.D. from Cornell University and has also written papers on CAGC and wavelets. Since 2000, he has been at the forefront of publishing original “mathemagical” principles and effects, particularly in his long-running bi-monthly ‘Card Colm’ for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
His 380-page book of largely original creations Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects was published in August 2013. He tweets at @CardColm and blogs at the Huffington Post and at Scientific American, as well as at the Aperiodical. Some of his puzzles have appeared online at the New York Times.
A recent project of his has been the creation and curation of the free online Archive of Irish Mathematics and Mathematicians.
In 1997, Colm received the MAA’s Allendoerfer Award for excellence in expository writing, for an article on image compression using wavelets from Mathematics Magazine (Dec 1996). His interests are broad, and include algebra, number and geometry.