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Dr. Keith M. Kendig Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Mathematics

Dr. Kendig channels years of experience into his work with Cleveland State University

    CHAGRIN FALLS, OH, January 17, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dr. Keith M. Kendig has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Kendig earned his bachelor's degree (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1960, his Master's in 1961, and Ph.D in 1965, all in mathematics at UCLA. He subsequently spent two years as a postdoctoral member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. At the Institute, he formed a fast and enduring friendship with one of the great icons of American mathematics, Hassler Whitney. Whitney greatly influenced Kendig in both research and teaching, and eventually led to highpoints in each - Kendig was awarded the Mathematical Association's prestigious Ford Award for his Monthly article "Is a 2000-Year-Old Formula Still Keeping Some Secrets?" and was voted "Best Teacher" among the 150 faculty in Cleveland State's College of Science, where he taught for almost 40 years. His teaching skills were not restricted to the classroom: He has written eight books, each a model of expositional clarity. These books encapsulate much of what has made him a mathematical standout. Here are brief descriptions of a few of them.

Conics (Mathematical Association of America, 403 pp.) This book unifies conics so that ellipses and hyperbolas have equal footing. This is accomplished by viewing conics in complex 2-space instead of only real 2-space. In the complex setting we learn that every ellipse has branches, and every hyperbola has an ellipse living in the "empty space" between the two branches.

Sink or Float? Thought Problems in Math and Physics (Mathematical Association of America, 375 pp.) This book shows how the power of common sense can answer some very nontrivial questions from math and physics. Answers and explanations to each question appear in the last half of the book.

Never a Dull Moment: Hassler Whitney, Mathematics Pioneer (American Mathematical Society, 385 pp.) A full-length biography of Whitney, covering his personal life and includes many anecdotes and never-before published photos. The book also includes readable accounts of his major blockbuster mathematical accomplishments.

Gateway to Number Theory: Applying the Power of Algebrasic Curves (American Mathematical Society, 207 pp.) A highly accessible account of some of the number-theoretic breakthroughs of Fields medalist Manjul Bhargava and his associates. Includes many solved examples, pictorial illustrations and exercises. A natural as a classroom text or for a self-study capstone project.

In addition to the above books, he has written a graduate-level book on his specialty, Algebraic Geometry. Originally published by Springer-Verlag as GTM 44, it has now been republished by Dover Publications, Inc. As an introductory complement to this, he has written "A Guide 10 Algebraic Curves" (American Mathematical Society), giving those who wish to enter the field an easy-to-read and intuitive introduction to algebraic geometry with an abundance of diagrams and pictures.

He has even written a cookbook with his wife. They wanted to transition into being vegetarian, and realizing that strong protein is basic to doing this, he researched the amino acid content of a great number of seeds, nuts, and grains. To find combinations of these ingredients that maximized balanced protein, he wrote a linear program, and based on the program's results, he found the best combinations yielding reliably balanced proteins. His wife then devised innovative recipes which eventually grew into the book "Modern Vegetable Cookery" (Arco Press).

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