Award: George Pólya
Year of Award: 1994
Publication Information: The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3, (1993), pp. 210-217
Summary: Three elementary inverse problems stemming from Torricelli's law which can be used to introduce undergraduates to notions related to ill-posed problems.
About the Author: (from The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3, (1993))
Charles Groetsch, a native of New Orleans, is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati. Except for a year at the University of Rhode Island, and shorter research appointments in Canberra, Kaiserslautern, Manchester, and Zurich, he has been in Cincinnati since obtaining his Ph.D. from LSU in 1971. His research interests center on numerical analysis in abstract spaces, particularly the theory of approximate methods for ill-posed problems. When not thinking about mathematics and how to teach it, he likes to think a little about the hardest inverse problem – history.