Stuart Boersma of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA has won a Trevor Evans Award from the Mathematical Association of America. The awards are made to authors of expository papers that are accessible to undergraduates and are published in Math Horizons. The citation from PRIZES and AWARDS at the Mathfest 2006 reads as follows:

Stuart Boersma

"A Mathematician's Look at Foucault's Pendulum", Math Horizons, February 2005, pp. 19-21, 32.

In "A Mathematician's Look at Foucault's Pendulum" Stuart Boersma gives us a wonderful mathematical exposition of the motion of a pendulum on a spinning sphere. Beginning with a quote from Umberto Eco's novel Foucault's Pendulum, Boersma takes the reader through an intuitive discussion of the motion and then gives a thorough mathematical discussion of the pendulum. All the while he poses questions that carry the discussion beyond the pendulum to topics like curvature of surfaces.

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