About the Author
Randy K. Schwartz holds degrees in mathematics from Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of Mathematics at Schoolcraft College, a community college in Livonia, Michigan, where he has taught since 1984. At Schoolcraft, his teaching focuses on preparing students for careers in engineering, science, health care, and business. Prof. Schwartz is a member of the Commission on the History of Science and Technology in Islamic Societies (CHSTIS), and has participated in several international conferences on the history of Arab mathematics. In 2000, he was awarded the Democracy in Higher Education Prize (National Education Association) for his essay, “Unity in Multiplicity: Lessons from the Alhambra,” an argument for a multicultural approach in mathematics education.
The author wishes to thank the editors and two anonymous reviewers for their many helpful suggestions.