Anthony
Ralston (Click for vita)
Phone: (650) 521 0709 ## Author and Mathematics Education Consultant Last updated: 24 July 2011 |

**Academic Positions:**

1. State University of New York at Buffalo:

Department of Computer Science: Professor, 1967-95; Chair, 1967-80;

Department of Mathematics: Professor, 1965-95;

Office of Computer Services: Director, 1965-70.

2. Department of Computing, Imperial College,
London: Academic Visitor, 1995-2003.

3. Centre for Educational Studies, Kings
College, London: Visiting Professor, 1992-93.

4. Department of Computing, Imperial College,
London: Visiting Professor, 1985-86.

5. Department of Statistics and Computer
Science, University College, London:

Visiting Professor, 1978-79.

6. Institute of Computer Science, University
of London: Visiting Senior

Research Fellow, 1971-72.

7. Stevens Institute of Technology:

Department of Mathematics: Associate Professor, 1961-64; Professor, 1964-65

Computing Center: Director, 1961-65.

**Publications:**

Books - Click for recent titles.

Papers - Click for
recent math education papers.

**Main Professional Activities:**

Association for Computing Machinery: President, 1972-74

American Federation of Information Processing Societies: President, 1975-76

Mathematical Association of America: Member, Board of Governors, 1984-87

Director:

Computer Task Group, 1968-75

Rand Capital Corporation, 1969-71

Genesee Computer Center, 1975-83

Albert Court (Westminster) Management Company, 2002-

Albert Court (Westminster) Freehold Company, 2002-

Member:

Board of Examiners, Graduate Record Examination in Computer Science, 1975-82

Computer Science and Technology Board, National Research Council, 1977-79

MIT Corporation Visiting Committee, Dept. of EE and CS, 1976-79

Mathematical Sciences Education Board, National Research Council, 1985-89

Advisory Board, University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, 1985-89

Executive Committee, Knightsbridge
Association

Editor, Abacus (Quarterly journal published
by Springer), 1983-88

Listed in:

Who's Who in America

American Men and Women of Science

Computer Pioneers (IEEE Computer Society Press, 1995)

Honors:

ACM: Distinguished Service Award, 1982; Fellow, 1994

AAAS: Fellow, 1989

Royal Society of Arts, Fellow, 1996

1. *Encyclopedia of Computer Science*,
fourth edition published in July 2000.

2. *Teach Yourself
Algorithms*, (co-authored with Hugh Neill), Hodder & Stoughton,
1997. Click to see Table of Contents.

3. *Discrete
Algorithmic Mathematics* ,
(co-authored with Stephen Maurer), third edition, A K Peters, 2004. Click for
Table of Contents.

1. Definitions and Examples

2. Iterative and Recursive Algorithms

3. Number Theory Algorithms

4. Algorithms from Algebra

5. Searching and Sorting

6. Algorithms from Linear Algebra

7. Graph and Tree Algorithms

8. Algorithms from Calculus

9. Recursive Algorithms

10. Parallel Algorithms

11. String Algorithms

12. Verification of Algorithms

13. Algorithms to Computer and Calculator Programs

Appendix: Summary of Algorithmic Language

Prologue. What Is Discrete Algorithmic
Mathematics?

0. Mathematical Preliminaries

1. Algorithms

2. Mathematical Induction

3. Graphs and Trees

4. Fundamental Counting Methods

5. Difference Equations

6. Probability

7. An Introduction to Mathematical Logic

Epilogue. Coming Full Circle with Biology and Minimax Theorems

1. *Knowing
and Teaching Elementary Mathematics* by Liping Ma, *American
Mathematical Monthly*, December 2001,
988-992. (Click for text of review)

2. *A Computer Called LEO* by Georgina Ferry, *Nature*, 7 August 2003.

3. *California
Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education* by Suzanne M. Wilson, *Notices
of the American Mathematical Society*,
November, 2003, 1245-1249. (Click for text of review)

4.*The Other
End of the Log* by Stephen S. Willoughby, *American Mathematical
Monthly*, January 2004, 72-75. (Click
for text of review)

1. Advice to the
Superintendent of Denver Public Schools,* Rocky Mountain News*, 25 July 2005. (Click for text)

2. The Real
Scandal in American School Mathematics,* Education Week*, 27 April 2005. (Click for text)

3. The
Next Disaster in American Education: Rising Test Scores, *The Sacramento
Bee*, 1 December 2002. (Click for
text.)

1. Research
Mathematicians and Mathematics Education: A Critique [2004]: *Notices of
the American Mathematica1 Society*,
Vol. 51, No. 4, pp. 403-411. (Click for text of paper.)

2. Let's Abolish
Pencil-and-Paper Arithmetic [1999]: *Journal of Computers in Mathematics
and Science Education*, Vol. 18, No.
2, pp. 173-194. (Click for text of paper.)

3. A Zero-Based Curriculum: What It Is and
How It Might Be Used, [1997]: *Proceedings of a Working Group at the Eighth
International Congress on Mathematical Education*, Seville, July 1996, Nottingham: Shell Centre for
Mathematics Education, pp. 1-10.

4. Calculators and the Changing Role of
Computation in Elementary School Mathematics (with Robert Reys and Barbara
Reys) [1996]: *Hiroshima Journal of Mathematics Education*, Vol. 4, pp. 63-71.

5. A Zero-Based Mathematics Curriculum
[1994]: *Bulletin of the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction*, June, pp. 14-18.

6. Understanding Mathematics: The Impact of
Technology [1993]: In *Schools, Mathematics and the World of Reality*, Davis, R.B. and Maher, C.M., Eds., Allyn and Bacon,
pp.79-92.

7. The Effect of Technology on Teaching
Mathematics [1989]: In *Proceedings of a Conference on Technology and
Mathematics*, Addison-Wesley, pp.
78-82.

8. A Framework for the School Mathematics
Curriculum in 2000 [1988]: In *Proceedings of the International Conference on
Mathematics Education*, Budapest.

9. Can the United States Afford *Not* to Have a National Mathematics Curriculum? [1988]: In
*Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Mathematics Education*, University of Chicago.

Four Editions and Eight Publishers: A
History of the *Encyclopedia of Computer Science* [2004]: *Annals of
the History of Computing*, Vol. 26,
No. 1, pp. 42-52 (Click for text of paper)