Alexander Diesl

adiesl@wellesley.edu

(781) 283-3143
Mathematics
B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)



Alexander J. Diesl
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Noncommutative ring theorist, sees mathematics as a central part of a well-rounded liberal arts education.


My research concerns a type of abstract algebraic structure known as a ring. A ring is a set of elements (familiar examples include such things as numbers, polynomials, matrices, or functions) endowed with both an addition operation and a multiplication operation. My current research interests involve classification questions and the visualization of algebraic structures.

At Wellesley, I have taught courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. I view mathematics very much as a liberal art, and I strive to adhere to this philosophy in every class that I teach. During the summer of 2010, I advised three Wellesley students in a research project concerning zero-divisor graphs of rings.

I am also interested in the future of mathematics education at the secondary level in the United States.

In my spare time, I am often found playing with my kids.


Upcoming Events

Monday, Nov 10

The weekly student seminar meets today, with Snow Zhang giving a presentation called "The Diagonalization Theorem and Undecidability."  We will meet in SCI362 at 12:25 for lunch, and then move to SCI364 for the talk around 12:40.

Wednesday, Nov 12

The math department hosts its next colloquium, where the speak is Cornelia Van Cott from the University of San Francisco.  Her talk is "Sometimes Pi equals 4."  We will serve refreshments in 362 from 3:45 to 4:15, then move to room 396 for the talk at 4:15.  

Monday, Nov 17

The weekly student seminar meets today, with Lulu Ye giving a presentation.  We will meet in SCI362 at 12:25 for lunch, and then move to SCI364 for the talk around 12:40.

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