Our congratulations go out to Professor Ralph Morrison, Ben Logsdon ’20, and Anya Michaelsen ’19 for their work “Nullstellenfont” (Math Horizons, 27:4, 5-7 (2020)) which has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Writing in Mathematics!

This paper was adapted from a final project by Ben and Anya for Professor Morrison’s Math 487: Computational Algebraic Geometry class in Spring 2019. Using properties of solution sets to polynomial equations, Ben and Anya built a tool to make a polynomial equation f(x,y)=0 whose solution set looks like any string of text you would like! You can try it out yourself here.

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