novative products for television broadcasts, and com- opened the letter that Brothers had sent. A climatolo- plete solutions for international customers. gist with a background in mathematics and physics, she passed it on to her husband. Knox confirmed that John Knox, an assis- Brothers had found a novel, correct approach for tant professor of geogra- calculating e. Knox and Brothers began collaborating phy and meteorology at and discovered and proved more than two dozen new Valparaiso University in algebraic expressions that yield e to extraordinary Indiana, is credited with accuracy. discovering new, simple Knox received his B.S. in mathematics from the formulas for calculating University of Alabama in Birmingham and Ph.D. in at- the fundamental constant mospheric sciences from the University of Wisconsin— e. In the October issue of Madison. He performed his work with Brothers while Mathematical Intelli- he was a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia gencer*, Knox and self- University and the NASA/Goddard Institute for Space taught inventor Harlan Studies in New York City. He has published 12 jour- Brothers describe several nal articles in the areas of atmospheric dynamics, geo- new formulas for e, dem- science education, mathematics, the middle atmo- onstrate their accuracy theoretically, and use them to sphere, climate dynamics, and aviation meteorology. calculate it to thousands of decimal places with a Naber Knox is a part-time assistant professor of workstation. physics at Valparaiso and a consultant for WeatherData, Inc. of Wichita, Kansas. She serves on Brothers began his search for new formulas for e in early 1997 and mailed his first results to the Na- the AMS Board on Applied Climatology, is a former tional Public Radio program "Science Friday." Knox's state climatologist of Wisconsin, and is past president wife, Pam Naber Knox, was an intern at the time and of the American Association of State Climatologists.# American Geophysical Union Plenum Publishing 2000 Florida Ave. NW 233 Spring St., New York, NY 10013 Washington, DC 20009 Telephone: 800-221-9369 Telephone: 800-966-2481 Scholastic, Inc. 555 Broadway Henry Holt and Company New York, NY 10010 115 West 18th Street Telephone: 800-526-0275 New York, NY 10011 John Wiley & Sons Oxford University Press 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10158 Telephone: 212-726-6000 Telephone: 212-850-6000 33 7 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Feb 1, 1999
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