Kurt Ludwick, Ph.D. -
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Salisbury University - Salisbury, MD
I joined the SU faculty in 2001 as an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science. In 2007, I was promoted
to the rank of Associate Professor.
In my previous life as a graduate student,
I graduated from Temple
University in Philadelphia, PA
in 2001 with a Ph.D. in Mathematics.
Prior to that, I received an M.A. in Mathematics (also from Temple
University) in May, 1997. Prior to prior to that, I graduated from Penn State
University in May, 1994, with a B.S. in Mathematics.
My primary mathematical interests are number theory and
combinatorics. My dissertation ("The Survival of
Modularity Under Congruence Restrictions") dealt with modular
forms, which are complex-valued functions with special properties which make them
useful in analytic number theory.
I served as co-chair of the Eastern
Shore High School Mathematics Competition from 2001-2011, and I am
still actively involved in this event. I was the
webmaster for three years (2009-2012). Also, I have served as the coordinator of the
department's Math 155 common final exam, and as the
director of the Math/CS
I am an active member of the
Symphony Orchestra and the
Orchestra, and a former (and hopefully future!) member of the
Salisbury Chorale. Also, from 2002-2010 I was a member of the local
rock/blues/ambiguously genred band "Pugsly." Since 2008, I have been
teaching a Math 105 (math for the liberal arts audience)
course on Music & Mathematics,
based loosely on Dr. Leon Harkleroad's excellent expository text
"The Math Behind the Music."
- Theatre & Film
Although I have not performed in the past few years, I have
been (and hopefully will again be) actively involved in local community theatre.
Most recently, I was a cast member of the
Players' 2005 production of "You
Can't Take It With You". Less recently, I was in the casts of
Mouse That Roared" (2004),"How
to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (2004), "My Three
Angels" (2002) and "Lie, Cheat and Genuflect" (2002).
Offstage, I was rehearsal assistant for "An
Inspector Calls" (2004).
In addition to my theatrical endeavors, I became
involved in two locally produced independent films. I had a small
part in "7even Days", an SU student film which was written and
directed by Josh Chamberlain
and Justin Szech. More recently, I portrayed "Deputy
Allen" in the locally produced
Productions film "The
Lumberjack of All Trades."
I'll wrap this up with a few of my favorite math-related quotes and
- "If the human brain were so simple that we
could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't."
- Emerson M. Pugh
- "Life is an even-numbered problem."
E. Lee May, Jr.
- "A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into
-- Paul Erdös
- ``Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a
Art is all the rest.'' -- Donald E. Knuth
- "Everything I say is a lie. Except that. And that. And that.
And that. And that. And that. And that. And that." -- Peter
Griffin ("Family Guy")
- An engineer thinks that his equations are an approximation to
reality. A physicist thinks reality is an approximation to his
equations. A mathematician doesn't care.
- The most important thing to remember about statistics is that
79.2535% of them are just made up out of thin air.
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