There is much future scope for mathematics to play a role in the way we explore subjects that have been traditionally regarded as more qualitative than quantitative. This is especially true with the advent of digital humanities. Follow this link for a description of some of my activities in the interesection of the two fields.
Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia" has deeper mathematics than I have ever seen treated in a popular work. I enjoyed the chance to help explain the mathematics to theater-goers. In August, 2013, I was invited by the Shaw Theater Festival, Niagara on the Lake, Canada, to talk to their audiences on "Arcadia" as well.
Link to "How to Fall in Love With Math," my Op-Ed in the NY Times (Sep 15, 2013), which rose to the most e-mailed article on their website. Several radio interviews (NPR, BBC), an interview in the NY Times Science section, an article in the NY Times Magazine, and more.
Various projects on formal and informal education at the K through 12 levels.
Several videos that I have created (or participated in) for mathematics outreach.
Various works in which I connect the two fields. A glimpse into my next novel, which will be a mixture of mathematics and fiction.
I was awarded an Elkins
Professorship in 2007. First
established in 1978, these professorships support professors "who demonstrate
exemplary ability to inspire students and whose professional work and scholarly
endeavors make a positive impact beyond the University System of Maryland." My
award has been used in my goal to foster interest and learning in mathematics
among K-12 students and the general public.
Also, the citation for my Presidential Teaching Professor Award (2013-2015) specifically commends my outreach activities.