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T. Bruce McLean, BSED ’63, associate professor of mathematics and computer science at Georgia Southern University, is co-author of an article in the January, 2012 issue of College Mathematics Journal in tribute to the late mathematician Martin Gardner.
McLean explains, “In the January issue of CMJ, the lead article will be on ‘Flexagons’ by Martin Gardner, the way he wrote it in the 50s. It was his first article for Scientific American and it seemed fitting to the CMJ editor to publish it again. ONU’s professor emeritus, and my mentor, Earl Lhamon, took me to an MAA meeting in Columbus, Ohio in 1963 during my senior year. Earl introduced me to an Ohio Northern alumnus that was amazed by Gardner’s first column on flexagons. Over the years, I have been able to turn that same flexagon into a flat Rubic’s cube and led the counting of the number of faces for all regular flexagons. My colleagues and I approached the CMJ editor, from Oberlin, and he was persuaded to let us write the second article in tribute of Martin Gardner.”