Student Writing Contest Winners

2004 – Mark Walters. It Appears That Four Colors Suffice: A Historical Overview of the Four-Color Theorem
2004 – Heath Yates. An Emanji Temple Tablet

2005 – James Collingwood. Rigor in Analysis: From Newton to Cauchy
2005 – Newlyn Walkup. Eratosthenes and the Mystery of the Stades

2006 – Samantha Reynolds. Maria Gaetana Agnesi: Female Mathematician and Brilliant Expositor of the Eighteenth Century
2006 – Jennifer Wiegert. The Sagacity of Circles: A History of the Isoperimetric Problem

2007 – Rory Plante, The Libra Astonomica and its Mathematics
2007 – Douglas Smith, Lucas’s theorem: A Great Theorem

2008 – First Place – Mame Maloney. Pathological Functions in the 18th and 19th Centuries
2008 – Second Place – Woody Burchett. Thinking Inside the Box: Geometric Interpretations of Quadratic Problems in BM 13901
2008 – Cole McGee. Jean Le Rond d’Almbert: Biography of a Mathematician, Philosophe, and Man of Letters
2008 – Mame Maloney – Honorable Mention. Pathological Functions in the 18th and 19th Centuries

2009 – First Place – Nathan McLaughlin. The Mathematical Optics of Sir William Rowan Hamilton: Conical Refraction and Quaternions
2009 – Second Place – Tim Chalberg. Regression Analysis – A Powerful Tool and Riveting Drama
2009 – Honorable Mention – Amy Buchmann. A Brief History of Quaternions and the Theory of Holomorphic Functions of Quaternionic Variables

2010 – Jennifer L. Nielsen. The Heart is a Dust Board: Abu’l Wafa Al-Buzjani, Dissection, Construction, and the Dialog Between Art and Mathematics in Medieval Islamic Culture
2010 – Palmer Rampell. The Use of Similarity in Old Babylonian Mathematics
2010 – Stefanie Streck. The Fermat Problem

2011 – First Place – Paul Stahl. Kepler’s Development of Mathematical Astronomy
2011- Runner Up – Sarah Costrell. Mathematics and Mathematical Thought in the Quadrivium of Isidore of Seville
2011 – Runner Up – Rich Hill. Thomas Harriot’s Artis Analyticae Praxis and the Roots of Modern Algebra

2012 – Jesse Hamer. Indivisibles and the Cycloid in the Early 17th Century
2012 – Kevin L. Wininger. On the Foundations of X-Ray Computed Tomography in Medicine: A Fundamental Review of the `Radon transform’ and a Tribute to Johann Radon

2013 – Matthew S. Shives, Paradigms and Mathematics: A Creative Perspective

2014 – First Place – Anna Riffe, The Impossible Proof: An Analysis of Adrien-Marie Legendre’s Attempts to Prove Euclid’s Fifth Postulate
2014 – First Place – Jenna R. Miller, Casting Light on the Statistical Life of Florence Nightingale
2014 – Second Place – Mary Ruff, “Probability to 1750”
2014 – Second Place – Paul Ayers, Gabriel Cramer: Over 260 years of crushing the unknowns

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