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NewsMarlboro College Professor’s Book Honored as PEN Nonfiction Award Finalist

p align="left">Marlboro, VT--Euclid in the Rainforest, by Marlboro College Professor of Mathematics Joseph Mazur, is one of two finalists selected for the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. The PEN Literary Awards is the most comprehensive literary awards program in the United States; the recipients of each award were determined by distinguished panels of judges. A winner and two finalists are selected for each award. The PEN awards will be presented in New York on the evening of Monday, May 23, at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.

In Euclid in the Rainforest (Pi Press, 2004), Mazur makes the three fundamental types of logic widely accessible for the first time: the classical logic of the Ancient Greeks, the weird logic of infinity, and the everyday logic of plausible reasoning that guides all science today.

Through tales of great moments in the history of math and science, stories of students making discoveries in the classroom, and his own quirky adventures in the Greek Islands, New York, and the jungles of South America, Mazur illuminates how we uncover truth in the tangled web of our experiences­—and convince ourselves that we are right.

“This is an absolutely delightful book, full of insight, suffused with gentle humor—a  picaresque novel of mathematics,” writes Peter Galison, Mallinckrodt Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University and author of Einstein's Clocks, Poincairé's Maps: Empires of Time. “This is a fabulous book, in all senses, from beginning to end.”

Mazur, professor of mathematics at Marlboro College for over thirty years, has taught a wide range of classes in all areas of mathematics, its history and philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from M.I.T. and has authored many educational software programs, including Explorations in Calculus, the first interactive, Multimedia CD package of simulations for calculus. He lives with his wife in Marlboro, Vermont.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro is a Colleges That Change Lives college.

To interview Joseph Mazur or to find out more about Marlboro College, please contact contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644.

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