Stephen Lovett, Ph.D.

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Professor of Mathematics
On Faculty since 2008

Phone: (630)752-5694
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Education

Ph.D. - Northeastern University, 2003

M.S. - Northeastern University, 2000

B.S. - Brown University, 1995

About Stephen Lovett

Dr. Stephen Lovett joined the faculty of Wheaton College in 2008 after teaching at Eastern Nazarene College for 5 years where he served as the department chair for 2 years. He enjoys research and teaching in many areas of pure mathematics. During his undergraduate studies at Brown University he spent two summers working on electronic books for Calculus and Differential Geometry and one summer working at the Department of Defense. Along with his graduate studies and some courses he taught while a graduate student, Dr. Lovett now has specific interests in commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, differential geometry, cryptography and discrete dynamical systems.

From preschool through high school, Dr. Lovett lived first in Naples, Italy and then Paris, France, where he completed a French Baccalauréat C.  He and his family enjoy traveling as opportunity allows.  In 2013,they spent a sabbatical semester in Nairobi, Kenya, teaching, writing, and serving at Africa Nazarene University.

Courses Taught

  • Quantitative Skills
  • Calculus I & II 
  • Linear Algebra
  • Vector Calculus 
  • Differential Equations
  • Problem Solving 
  • Modern Algebra I & II
  • Cryptography
  • Geometry 
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Basic Algebraic Geometry
  • Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces
  • Multilinear Algebra 

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Mathematical Association of America
  • American Mathematical Society
  • Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences

Research

Algebraic geometry, representation theory, differential geometry

Publications

Books or Book Chapters

Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces, 2nd Ed., by Thomas Banchoff and Stephen Lovett, CRC Press, (September 2015).

Abstract Algebra:  Structures and Applications, Stephen Lovett, CRC Press, (August 2015).

"Epistemology" in Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith, eds. James Bradley and Russell Howell, Harper One, (May 2011).

Differential Geometry of Manifolds, by Stephen Lovett, A.K. Peters Ltd., (June 2010).

Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces, by Thomas Banchoff and Stephen Lovett, A.K. Peters Ltd., (March 2010).

Articles

Generalizations of Pappus' Centroid Theorem via Stokes'  Theorem, Involve, vol 8, no 5, p. 771-785 (2015).

Strong Divisibility, Cyclotomic Polynomials, and Iterated Polynomials, The American Mathematical Monthly, June 2013, p. 519-536.  (In collaboration with Nathan Bliss, Ben Fulan, Jeffrey Sommars.)

Painting by Parametric Curves and Van Gogh's Starry Night, Math Horizons, November 2010. (In collaboration with 4 students.)

Resolutions of Orthogonal and Symplectic Analogues of Determinantal Ideals, Journal of Algebra, vol. 311 p. 282-298 (2007).

Orthogonal and Symplectic Analogues of Determinantal Ideals, Journal of Algebra, vol. 291 p. 416-456 (2005).

Talks Given

Strong Divisibility, Cyclotomic Polynomials and Iterated Polynomials, Joint Mathematics Meeting, Boston, 2012.

Bringing Undergraduate Mathematics Research into the Classroom, Westmont College, ACMS Conference, June 2011.

How Do We Know What We Know? Christian Epistemology of Mathematics, Trinity Christian College, Nov. 2010.

Cryptography - An Introduction, ACCA (Association of Colleges in the Chicago Area) Seminar Series in Networking, Oct. 2009.

A Different Branch? Mathematics at a Liberal Arts College, Northeastern University Graduate Almni Conference, Feb. 2009.

When Does the Curvature Function Define a Closed Curve, ACCA Fall mini-symposium for Mathematics, 2008.

The Monster Group and Moduli Spaces:Trends in Modern Algebra, Science Seminar at Wheaton College, 2008.

Algebraic Geometry of Orthogonal and Symplectic Analogues of Determinantal Varieties, American Mathematical Society, Special Session Eastern Region Conference, 2008.

Resolutions of Orthogonal and Symplectic Analogues of Determinantal Ideals, American Mathematical Society, Special Session in Southeastern Region Conference, 2006.

Alice, Bob and Eve: Cryptography for Everyone, Eastern Nazarene College - Public Lecture Series, 2005.

Introduction to Cryptography, Eastern Nazarene College, 2004.

Symplectic and Orthogonal Analogues of Determinantal Ideals, American Mathematical Society, Special Session in Eastern Region Conference, 2002.

Orbits of Symmetric Quiver Representations, Northeastern University, 2001.

Algebra of Discrete Dynamical Systems, Eastern Nazarene College, 2001.

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