Home Page of Charles R.B. Wright
This page is deliberately plain vanilla. It started that way when my students
only had dial-up access, and I've kept it that way. If you want pictures,
click the appropriate links.
I am a member of the Mathematics
Department faculty at the University
of Oregon, where I have been since 1961. Though officially retired, I
can still be seen occasionally on campus.
Please feel free to call me at home (541-485-4399).
My most recent area of mathematical interest
is computational group theory, especially algorithms for finite polycyclic
groups. I have worked in combinatorial and finite soluble group theory,
as well as in nonassociative algebra. For a number of years I chaired the
GAP Council , the advisory-editorial
board for GAP , a powerful
system for computational group theory, including character theory and applications
to graphs and codes. Check it out.
I am also a coauthor, with Kenneth A. Ross, of a
discrete math textbook, now out in its fifth edition, and would be glad to answer questions about the book. Address complaints to Ross.
If you're interested, you can view pictures of me
in the classroom, where I used
to spend my time, or at home, where I hang
out now. Also here are a couple of pictures of me
with my wife, Leslie, and later that evening me conducting the
Oregon Mozart Players chamber orchestra on my
65th birthday. I am a tremendous fan of the Mozart Players, and
encourage everyone in the Eugene area who likes classical music to come
to the OMP concerts.
I play bassoon in the Alder Street
Quintet, an ensemble of the Alder Street Winds. The quintet is the
oldest established permanent floating woodwind quintet in Eugene,
having been formed in the late 60's when I lived on Alder Street.
I also play in the Uncalled Four
bassoon quartet and for many years played principal
bassoon in the
Riverside Chamber Symphony.
Here are pictures of Leslie and me enjoying ourselves in Norway, the
Japan, the Kimberley in Australia, Switzerland,
the Flinders Ranges
Lord Howe Island and Melbourne,
El Hierro in the Canaries,
Turkey for the second time,
Kangaroo Island and the Yarra Valley,
Slovenia, New Zealand, Normandy and Brittany and, most recently, Australia yet again.
When we travel, we emphasize hiking, rather than cities.
Here are also some pictures from a 2006
visit to Oregon by our
Japanese friends Hiro and Michi Taguchi.
I also make and sell SWINGERs, the modern devices to
prevent embarrassing spills. You really ought to click this link!
For those who are interested in optics as well as symmetry, here are a few
pictures taken looking into the Math Wizard's
48X Magic Mirror. Click on any picture
to enlarge it, and then use Next and Previous to move around. Here's the owner's manual. If you can cut glass, you can make your own with cheap mirrors and duct tape.
Each holiday season since 2001 I've created an assortment of
about half with Christmas-y themes.
This year's bunch is here.
The full collection is here and solutions are here.
Here are the cryptograms created to
celebrate the publication of Conifers of the World by
James E. Eckenwalder,
and here are their solutions.
Here, too, are the Christmas
anacrostic puzzles created by
my daughter Allyson.
I've also tried my hand at fiction. Here's a very short story .
Charles R.B. Wright
2560 Harris Street
Eugene OR 97405-3046, U.S.A.
Email: wright at uoregon.edu
Last significant change: December 20, 2019.