Michael Spivey

Mathematics and Computer Science

Michael Spivey works in the areas of operations research and combinatorics. He has published articles in journals including American Mathematical Monthly, Mathematics Magazine, Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, Mathematics of Operations Research, and Journal of Integer Sequences, among others. Spivey writes the blog A Narrow Margin, in which he discusses topics from probability to combinatorics, Catalan numbers, and the binomial coefficients to linear programming and the simplex method. His public lectures include “Doing Mathematics with Social Media,” in which he discusses his experiences with three social media platforms designed to communicate mathematics, and “Can War Last Forever?” in which he determines whether it is possible for the card game War to enter a cycle such that it never ends. Spivey teaches calculus, statistics, and advanced courses in analysis and applied mathematics.


B.S., Samford University, 1994; M.S., Texas A & M University, 1997; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University, 1999, 2001

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