Stephen Maurer '67
Professor of Mathematics
Professor Maurer is an authority on discrete mathematics, writing in mathematics, and pre-college curriculum and enrichment activities. His research has been in combinatorics, with forays into mathematical biology, economics, and anthropology. He has written and spoken widely on discrete mathematics and has been involved locally and nationally with mathematics education.
He is the author (with Anthony Ralston) of the textbook, Discrete Algorithmic Mathematics (Addison-Wesley, 1990; A.K. Peters, 1998 and 2004) and (with George Berzsenyi) of The Contest Problem Book V (Anneli Lax New Mathematical Library, 1983-88). The latter dates from the period when he was chair of all the school contests of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He has also published several articles on the special nature of writing in mathematics and has prepared a Short Guide to Writing Mathematics for undergraduates. In 1980, he won the Allendorfer Award of the MAA for his article "The King Chicken Theorems" in Mathematics Magazine.
Maurer is interested in mathematics education from childhood through undergraduate studies and has served on local to national boards and committees involved with curriculum reform and innovation, including the MAA's Committee on the Undergraduate Program, its Classroom Resources editorial board, its Notes Series editorial board (where he is currently editor in chief), and the Dimensions in Math committee of the local elementary school. He is a consultant to the CorePlus program, a new national high school math curriculum and a writer for the CME Project, another new high school math curriculum. Also, he is the academic director of MathPath, an international summer math enrichment camp for highly gifted middle school students.
Professor Maurer received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.