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About Bob Scher...

In the 1980’s, Bob Scher taught mathematics at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.. Upon leaving to enter the computer industry, he was awarded a research grant to write up his unique teaching methods.

Bob served from 1995 to 2000 as president and chairman of The International Middleware Association (IMWA), a major computer-industry consortium composed primarily of Fortune 100 companies. He was re-elected each year because he was able to unite intensively competitive organizations in a spirit of cooperation.

Previously, he scripted and directed award-winning documentary films, one of which, narrated by Orson Welles, is in three international film museums, including La Cinémathèque Française and MOMA. He is the author of five non-fiction books, including As If the Sky Were Open, Selected Poems (Browser Books, 2009); There's a Hole in Your Sky, illustrated by Peter Szasz: clean limericks (called "Limes"). (Browser Books, Spring 2007); Lightning, the Nature of Leadership (Codhill Press, 2003), photographs by Jane English; The Little Know-How Book (Harmony, 1993; Crown, 1994); The Fear of Cooking (Houghton Mifflin, 1984). His articles and poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Parabola, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The American Mathematical Monthly, and Works and Conversations. In preparation, My Words Chill and Burn Me, The Amazing Sense of Emily Dickinson; The Interior Language of Words, Impacts and Echoes in Poetry; and The Colossal Sun, Essays on Mathematics and Its Meaning in the Larger World.

Early in his career, Bob wrote music for Off-Broadway theater and starting in 2009 began creating piano improvisations, and has put some of his albums online at CDBaby. (Complete samples are on this site.) He has also scored, for piano and voice, five of A.E. Housman's lyrics and Keats' "La Belle Dame sans Merci." He is currently writing book and lyrics for a new musical, music by Laurence Rosenthal, and is writing music and lyrics for a second musical, book by Sophia H. Stone.

 

Mathematics and Meaning

I have a substantial interest in helping those who have shied away from Mathematics. These people are often highly intelligent and cultured. Whatever the reasons for their lack of interest, I have discovered ways to help them connect to the significance and elegance of the subject. I’m now finishing a book, still in draft, The Colossal Sun, Essays on Mathematics and Meaning in the Larger World (the title is from a Wallace Stevens poem).

Here is a link to the one-page introduction that may give a reader a notion of the approach: ColossalSun