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Karl-Dieter Crisman

Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Areas of expertise:


Dr. Crisman's main research interests lie in applications of mathematics to analysis of election procedures; he is also interested in connections with music and the abstract world of invariants on hyperplane arrangements. He is passionate about open source software in mathematics, largely as a developer and educator with SageMath, and was previously a fellow of Gordon College's Center for Faith and Inquiry regarding the interplay between theology and the open source movement.

He has often coordinated the Gordon Math Forum, a student-oriented hour of problems, lectures, speakers on career options, and other topics.  Outside of Gordon, Dr. Crisman just finished a term as an associate editor for the journal PRIMUS, is quite active in the local Mathematics Association of America Section, and on occasion teaches the "Exploratory Maths with Sage" course at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.  More recently he has been involved with teaching others to use MathBook XML, an open authoring tool.

Dissertation: Algebraic Geometry