Short Bio: Colin Adams

Colin Adams is the Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams College.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He is particularly interested in the

mathematical theory of knots, their applications and their connections with hyperbolic geometry. He is the

author of "The Knot Book", an elementary introduction to the mathematical theory of knots and co-author

with Joel Hass and Abigail Thompson of "How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide",and "How to Ace

the Rest of Calculus: the Streetwise Guide", humorous supplements to calculus. Having authored a variety of

research articles on knot theory and hyperbolic 3-manifolds, he is also known for giving mathematical lectures

in the guise of Mel Slugbate, a sleazy real estate agent. A recipient of the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo

Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America(MAA) in 1998, he was a Polya

Lecturer for the MAA for 1998-2000 and is a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for 2000-2002. He is also the

author of mathematical humor column called "Mathematically Bent" which appears in the Mathematical Intelligencer.