# Alissa S. Crans

Shelly Visiting Professor

Professor

Office:

Wean Hall 8214

E-mail:

acrans "at" andrew.cmu.edu

Phone:

310.338.2380

Fax:

310.338.3768

Many people who have never had occasion to learn what mathematics is confuse it with arithmetic and consider it a dry and arid science. In actual fact it is the science which demands the utmost imagination. One of the foremost mathematicians of our century says very justly that it is impossible to be a mathematician without also being a poet in spirit... It seems to me that the poet must see what others do not see, must see more deeply than other people. And the mathematician must do the same.

-Sofya Kovalevskaya, 1890