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Richard Bronson

Richard Bronson

American Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Richard Bronson
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Intro American Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Is Mathematician
From United States of America
Type Mathematics
Gender male
Birth 5 August 1941, New York City
Age 79 years
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Not to be confused with Richard Branson.
Richard Bronson (born August 5, 1941) is the American Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Acting Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, Interim Provost of the Metropolitan Campus, Director of Government Affairs, and Senior Executive Assistant to the President. He served as an officer (2008-2011) of the International Association of University Presidents, where he was actively involved in the creation of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative and the World Innovative Summit in Education, held annually in Qatar. He is also the author of the political thriller Antispin.

Personal life

Richard D. Bronson was born in New York City on August 5, 1941. He attended Stevens Institute of Technology, where he earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in applied mathematics. He is married and has two children.


Dr. Bronson has written eleven books in mathematics, some in their third edition with many translated into multiple languages. He has published children’s poetry in magazines, including Highlights for Children. He was on the editorial staff of Simulation Magazine and SIAM News and the children’s magazine Kids Club. Antispin is his first novel.


In 1994, Richard Bronson was awarded the Distinguished College or University Teaching award by the New Jersey Section of Mathematical Association of America. He also received the Fairleigh Dickinson University Distinguished Faculty Award for Research & Scholarship, and the University College Outstanding Teacher Award.


Dr. Bronson’s research interests are in mathematical modeling and computer simulation with a focus on macro-sociological theory. He has written extensively on the topic in articles for professional journals and a general-interest trade magazine.

Publications and presentations


  • Antispin (e-book, published 2010; ISBN 978-1-4537-7589-9)

Non-fiction: books

  • Matrix Methods: An Introduction 3rd edition with Gabriel Costa (in production), Academic Press, New York. Second edition,1991 (still in print). First edition 1970–1991.
  • Linear Algebra: An Introduction 2nd edition with Gabriel Costa, Academic Press, New York, 2007. First edition, 1995–2007.
  • Differential Equations 3rd edition with Gabriel Costa, Schaum's Outline Series, McGraw–Hill Book Company, New York, 2006. Second edition, 1993–2006; first edition under the title Modern Introductory Differential Equations, 1974–1993.
  • Differential Equations, Schaum’s Easy Outlines, McGraw–Hill Book Company, New York, 2003.
  • Operations Research 2nd edition, with G. Naadimuthu, Schaum's Outline Series, McGraw–Hill Book Company, New York, 1997. First edition, 1982–1997.
  • Matrix Operations, Schaum's Outline Series, McGraw–Hill Book Company, New York, 1989 (still in print).
  • Finite Mathematics with Calculus, with Gary Bronson, Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., CA, 2000–2003 (out of print).
  • Finite Mathematics, with Gary Bronson, West Publishing Co., St. Paul, MN, 1996–2003 (out of print).
  • 2500 Solved Problems in Differential Equations, Schaum Division, McGraw–Hill Book Company, New York, 1989–1997 (out of print).
  • Simulating Violators, monograph with Chanoch Jacobsen, Topics in Operations Research Series, Military Applications Section of Informs, Hanover, MD, 1985 (out of print).
  • Mathematics for Management, with Gary Bronson, IEP Publishers, a subsidiary of Harper & Row, New York, 1977–87 (out of print).

Non-fiction: articles

  • "Computer Simulated Empirical Tests of Social Theory: Lessons from 15 Years' Experience", with Chanoch Jacobsen, in Simulating Social Phenomena, edited by Conte, Hegselmann and Terna, pp. 97 – 102, Springer (Berlin), 1997, from the International Conference on Computer Simulation and the Social Sciences, Cortona, Italy, September 1997.
  • "Computer Simulations and Empirical Testing of Sociological Theory", with Chanoch Jacobsen, in Sociological Methods and Research, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 479–506, May 1995.
  • "Student Success in College Science through Structure and Support", with Judith Kaufman, in Journal of College Science Teaching, vol.XXII, no. 4, pp. 245–249, February 1993.
  • "Solving for Yield and Iteration Theory", with Gary Bronson, in Standard Securities Calculation Methods, 3/e, ed. Jan Mayle, Securities Industry Association, vol. I, pp. 127–139, 1993. Based on "Determining Bond Yield", in Fixed Income Quarterly Report, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 3–7, 1989 and vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 1–9, 1990.
  • "Structure and Support: The SOS Program at FDU", in Newsletter of the New Jersey Institute for Collegiate Teaching and Learning, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 3 & 8, 1991.
  • "Modeling the Dynamics of Social Systems", with Chanoch Jacobsen, in Computers and Mathematics with Applications, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 35–42, 1990.
  • "A Strategy for Testing the Empirical Adequacy of Macro-sociological Theories", with Chanoch Jacobsen and Daniel Vekstein, in Journal of Mathematical Sociology, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 137–148, 1990.
  • "Emigration from Israel 1950–1981: A Simulation Study", with Chanoch Jacobsen, in Israel Social Science Review, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 52–62, 1988/89.
  • "Thank You For Not Smoking: Simulating the Growth of a New Social Norm", with Chanoch Jacobsen, in Operational Research and Social Sciences, Plenum Press, NY, 1989, eds. M.C. Jackson, P. Keys, and S.A. Cooper, pp. 531–536.
  • "Estimating Functional Relationships in a Macrosociological Model", with Chanoch Jacobsen and James Crawford, in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Mathematical Modelling, Pergamon Press, NY, 1988, vol. II, pp. 386–390.
  • "Tests for Validating Time Series Models", with Evangelis Yfantis, in Transactions of the Society for Computer Simulation, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 77–96, January 1987.
  • "Defining Sociological Concepts as Variables for System Dynamics Modeling", with Chanoch Jacobsen, in System Dynamics Review, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 1–7, Winter 1987.
  • "The Dynamo Simulation Language – An Alternate Approach to Computer Science Education", in The journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, vol. V, no. 4, pp. 46–51, Summer 1986.
  • "Simulation and Social Theory", with Chanoch Jacobsen, in Simulation, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 58–62, August 1986.
  • "System Dynamics Simulation of a Sociological Theory: Normative Systems in Contemporary Societies", with Chanoch Jacobsen, in Proceedings of the 11th IMACS Congress, vol. 4, pp. 365–368, Oslo, Norway, August 1985.
  • "Desktop Computers and Simulation", with R. Favreau et al., in Simulation, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 40–43, January 1985.
  • "Computer Simulation: What It Is and How It's Done", in Byte, vol. 9, no. 3,pp. 95–102, March 1984.
  • "A First Course in Continuous Simulation", in Two-Year College Mathematics Journal, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 300–310, November 1982.
  • "Continuous Simulation in the Classroom", with J. Hires et al., in Simulation, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 126–130, April 1980.
  • "A Modified Pattern Search", in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. AC-25, no. 2, p. 306, April 1980.
  • "Teaching Simulation in Industrial and Academic Settings", in Simulation, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 203–205, June 1978.
  • "Batch Processing Differential Equations on a Minicomputer", with Alan Jones, in The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 85, no. 4, pp. 272–275, April 1978.
  • "An Optimal Normalization Scheme", with C. Giardina and L. Wallen, in IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, vol. AES-11, no. 4, pp. 443–446, July 1975.
  • "A Note on Conjugate Spaces", with Gilbert Steiner, in Mathematics Magazine, vol. 46, no. 3, p. 158, May 1973.
  • "Norm Preserving Operators on Decomposable Tensors", in Mathematics Magazine, vol. 46, no. 2, p. 100, March 1973.
  • "A Laurant Expansion for the Gain", with N.J. Rose, in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. AC-15, no. 3, pp. 368–372, June 1970.
  • "On Optimal Terminal Control", with N.J. Rose, in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. AC-14, no. 5, pp. 443–448, October 1969.

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