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About David Bressoud, Retired

Bressoud, president-elect of the Mathematical Association of America, is an international authority in the area of analytic number theory.
He is the co-author of A Course in Computational Number Theory, which is an introduction to number theory that uses the computer for motivation and explanation. He is also the author of Proofs and Confirmations: The Story of the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture, which combines his interests in combinatorics and the history of mathematics. Other books include A Radical Approach to Real Analysis.
He is widely recognized for his work in improving secondary and undergraduate mathematics education. In fact, much of his work involves putting math into a historical context. He is also interested in intellectual property rights and issues of science and religion.
Bressoud is involved with Quantitative Methods for Public Policy or QM4PP, an interdisciplinary program involving the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
EDUCATION: B.A., Swarthmore College
M.A., Ph.D., Temple University
David Bressoud has been teaching at Macalester College since 1994.


Present DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Macalester College


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Macalester College Trustees' Award, 2014
  • Inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, named in 2012
  • Thomas Jefferson Award 2005 (Macalester College)


  • Multi-Variable Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Calculus II
  • Real Analysis
  • Discrete Mathematics

Contact Information

Macalester College
Olin/Rice 224
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6559

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