Frank Farris

I teach in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, at Santa Clara University. From 2001--2005 and again in 2009, I served as Editor of Mathematics Magazine, an official publication of the Mathematical Association of America. In early 2015, I completed service to the MAA as Chair of the Council on Publications and Communications. During fall quarter 2011, I served as Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College.

My book Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns was published in 2015 by Princeton University Press. Here is a page of errata and some reviews:

  • Evelyn Lamb, at her Scientific American blog.
  • At MAA Reviews.

    I help to coordinate Bay Area Mathematical Adventures a series of talks intended for high school students interested in mathematics, sponsored jointly by SCU and San Jose State University. Please contact me if you would like to be added to our email list.

  • Here is a page with some of my (very old) favorite computed images.

    Just for fun: Nine fibers of the Hopf fibration, viewed by stereographic projection. The colors indicate how near that part of the image is to your eye. Does red indicate the closest or the farthest points? Are the rings turning to the right or to the left?

    I still have a few things about wallpaper and computed images posted on an old machine: Have a look.

    Maintainer: ffarris at scu dot edu
    Last changed: 16-Sept-2015