is an Australia
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on the faculties of the University of San Francisco
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and Monash University
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He was born in Melbourne, Australia and lived there until he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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for his doctorate. He received his PhD from MIT in 1970, working under Hartley Rogers, Jr
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. In 2002 he began teaching in San Francisco.
In 2005, Stillwell was the recipient of the Mathematical Association of America
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's prestigious Chauvenet Prize
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for his article “The Story of the 120-Cell
,” Notices of the AMS, January 2001, pp. 17–24.
Stillwell is the author of many textbooks and other books on mathematics including:
- Classical Topology and Combinatorial Group Theory, 1980, ISBN 0387979700
- Mathematics and Its History, 1989, 3rd edition 2010, ISBN 0387953361
- Geometry of Surfaces, 1992, ISBN 0387977430
- Elements of Algebra: Geometry, Numbers, Equations, 1994, ISBN 0387942904
- Numbers and Geometry, 1998, ISBN 0387982892
- Elements of Number Theory, 2003, ISBN 0387955879
- The Four Pillars of Geometry, 2005, ISBN 0387255303
- Yearning for the Impossible: The Surprising Truths of Mathematics, 2006, ISBN 156881254X
- Awarded by Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
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- Naive Lie Theory, 2008, ISBN 0387982892
- Roads to Infinity, 2010, ISBN 9781568814667