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William "Bill" Linderman


Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Chair, Department of Mathematics and Physics; Professor of Mathematics


College of Arts and Sciences

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Bristol Campus: White Hall 117

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It is not enough to have a good mind.  The main thing is to use it well.  - Descartes


I joined the math department at King in 1999.  I spent a sabbatical year as a Visiting Professor at Cornell University in 2006/2007 where I taught Calculus and Cryptology and studied piano performance and musical composition.  I studied piano with Betty Kuhnert at King for many years and have given several piano recitals during my time at King, some of which included original compositions.


I have served as the Faculty Athletics Representative at King since 2004.  I was part of a team that helped King transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.  I chair both the faculty Athletics Committee and the Compliance Committee and continue to help certify the eligibility of all King student-athletes.  I enjoyed spending time with other faculty and students on King mission trips to India (2001) and Kenya (2005).  My love for travel has taken me to all 50 states and to over 40 foreign countries.  Another passion of mine is running.  I have completed almost 20 marathons since joining the faculty at King.  


My wife, the Reverend Elizabeth Patrick, is an ordained Presbyterian minister, and we are the proud parents of Henry (born in 2012) and Ben (born in 2014).


Ph.D. in Mathematics, August 1997, University of Memphis

M.S. in Mathematics, May 1990, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

B.A. in Mathematics, May 1987, Erskine College

Recent Publications and Presentations

"Mancala as Nim" with R. Fillers and A. Simoson, The College Mathematics Journal 45 (2014), no. 5, 350-356


"Sets in Music", Presentation at the Joint Meetings of the AMS and MAA, Baltimore, MD (January 2014)


"Rook Polynomials", Presentation at the Joint Meetings of the AMS and MAA, San Diego, CA (January 2014)

Current research

I regularly attend the National Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America and frequently give a talk at this conference.  My dissertation was in Graph Theory, which is one of my favorite courses to teach.  Cryptology and the History of Mathematics are two other favorites of mine to teach.  I was fortunate to be able to attend short courses through the National Science Foundation in Mexico on Ancient Maya Mathematics (2004), in Peru on Ancient Inca Mathematics (2007), and in Cambodia on Ancient Khmer Mathematics (2010).  

Courses recently taught

MATH 1500 LECT Cryptology: The Science of Secret Writing
MATH 2410 LECT Discrete Mathematics
MATH 2450 LECT Linear Algebra
MATH 3100 LECT Graph Theory
MATH 4800 LECT Research in Mathematics
MATH 4930 LECT Mathematics Capstone