||"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have,
and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
"Our time on the earth is like an eclipse - we too are just
a passing shadow in earth's history. May our lives be a
legacy of good stewardship for those who follow."
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least
once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."
"Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal.
He is the only animal that has the True Religion - several of them."
"Strange is our situation here upon earth.
Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why,
yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose."
"Taxes are the price we pay for civilization."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."
"The meaning of life is in the living of it."
Kendall E. Atkinson, Professor Emeritus
(I am done grading papers and tests, sitting on committees, etc.!)
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
office: 1B MacLean Hall
office phone: (319) 335-0766
home phone: (319) 337-4866
secretary: (319) 335-0714
fax: (319) 335-0627
- Numerical Solution of Integral Equations.
- Boundary Integral Equation Methods.
- Multivariate Approximation, Interpolation, and Quadrature.
- Spectral Methods for Partial Differential Equations.
Using MATLAB GUIs To Teach Numerical Analysis
I am developing MATLAB GUIs to aid and encourage students in experimenting with standard numerical
analysis methods for some of the basic problems in numerical analysis. For free downloads
of these, click here. For a complete
look at the materials used by the author in teaching elementary numerical analysis, click
Contact me for a copy of my curriculum vitae. For
my publications list (including some pending work), click
To access my anonymous ftp site, click here.
My Erdös number is 2.
In 2011 I was designated a SIAM Fellow.
Odds and Ends - Mathematical and Related
Odds and Ends - General
The Upper Mississippi River Valley: A Personal Web Site.
Creating this web site is a personal hobby about a region for which I have great affection.
- The University of Iowa Museum of
Natural History, located in MacBride Hall on the central campus of the
University of Iowa. In particular, check out Iowa Hall, a smaller
museum within the overall museum. It covers Iowa from ancient geological times
to the present; it is a good introduction to the natural history of Iowa. Other
parts of the museum included Bird Hall and Mammal Hall; these are older
collections that have been refurbished and modernized in their outlook. Other
collections are scattered elsewhere in MacBride Hall, and the archives contain a
very large number of items.
Fred W. Kent Park. This is the main county park for Johnson County in
Iowa (the county containing the University of Iowa), and it is located 3 miles
west of Tiffin on Highway 6. The park has an area of 1,082 acres, with forest,
prairie, and wet-land areas. A 27-acre lake is stocked with catfish, large
mouth bass, bluegill, walleye and crappie. The park is excellent for walking,
containing many trails. Also, check out the Conservation Education Center,
which is also a visitors' center; it is open on weekends from early May to late
Nature Recreation Area. This is a large forested area located between
MacBride State Park and the
Reservoir. It is located 15 miles North of Iowa City on Mehaffey Bridge
Road. It is maintained by the University of Iowa and used by the
university for a variety of recreational activities. The MacBride Nature
Area is rented from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Check out the
that is located here.
- This is a list of possible places to donate books, especially undergraduate and
graduate textbooks. When retiring and considering what to do with journals and books, check out this site.
- Whats Happening in the Iowa City - Cedar Rapids Corridor
- A selection of books about Iowa and the Upper Mississippi River Valley.
- Some travel pictures
- Links to the Unitarian Universalist Association - Affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person
- Thoughts on Science and Religion
- Links for purchasing books over the web.
- Today's Dilbert
- Cartoons of Sydney Harris from
The American Scientist.
- BBC News
- The British Monarchy
- Guide to Australia