What is your name? I’m Erik Tou, free-range mathematician and all-around nerd. I have a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, and specialize in Number Theory and the History of Mathematics. From 2007-2013, I was a math professor at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In an odd confluence of events, I received tenure and then promptly moved away to Washington State, where my wife had recently accepted a new job as an academic librarian. My personal interests cover a wide range of other topics, including geography, general history, physics & astronomy, and music. I live in Tacoma, WA.
What is your quest? As I began to review my career options in the Pacific Northwest, I felt a need to continue some of my intellectual pursuits outside the usual arena of academic research. Hence this blog. My goal here is to share random ideas that I have about math, science and history, along with anything else I find interesting. One of my meta-goals is to use the full power of mathematics to answer interesting and novel questions about the world.
What is your favorite color? Green.
Where did you find the images in the site design? The background image is from the Atlas Geographicus, which was compiled by Swiss mathematician & scientist Leonhard Euler, for the Prussian Royal Academy of Sciences in Berlin. This image, and other images from the atlas, is available here at the Euler Archive, of which I am a co-director. The banner image comes from a page of Galileo Galilei’s Sidereus Nuncius, one of his early publications and one of the seminal works in the history of science. This work is available online from the Linda Hall Library; you can find it here.