Sarah Glaz

Sarah Glaz (born 1947)[1] is a mathematician and mathematical poet.[2] Her research specialty is commutative algebra; she is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Connecticut.

Education and career

Glaz was born in Bucharest, Romania, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1972 at Tel Aviv University, Israel.[3] She came to the US for her graduate education in mathematics, completing a Ph.D. in 1977 at Rutgers University. Her dissertation, Finiteness and Differential Properties of Ideals, was supervised by Wolmer Vasconcelos.[3][4]

After postdoctoral research at Case Western Reserve University, Glaz became an assistant professor at Wesleyan University in 1980. She moved to George Mason University in 1988, and again to the University of Connecticut in 1989. She retired as a professor emeritus in 2017.[3]


Glaz is the author of a book on commutative algebra, Commutative Coherent Rings (Lecture Notes in Mathematics 1371, Springer, 1989).[5] She is an editor of several other books on commutative algebra.[3]

In 2017 she published a book of her mathematical poetry named after a poem by Pablo Neruda, Ode to Numbers (Antrim House, 2017).[6] Her book was a finalist for the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.[7]

She is also the editor of an anthology of mathematical poems, Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics (with JoAnne Growney, AK Peters/CRC Press, 2008),[8] and has published translations of poems into English from Romanian, Portuguese, German, Sanskrit, Sumerian, and Russian.[3]


  1. Birth year from National Library of France catalog entry, accessed 2018-11-13
  2. Ornes, S. (January 2014), "Mathematics in poetry", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (4): 1225, Bibcode:2014PNAS..111.1225O, doi:10.1073/pnas.1322640111, PMC 3910596, PMID 24474741
  3. Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2018-11-12
  4. Sarah Glaz at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. Review of Commutative Coherent Rings:
  6. Reviews of Ode to Numbers:
    • Zeitman, R. Suzanne, Mathematical Reviews, MR 3726858CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Hunacek, Mark (November 2017), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • May, Daniel (May 2018), Journal of Mathematics and the Arts: 1–4, doi:10.1080/17513472.2018.1458570CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  7. "Sarah Glaz", Directory of writers, Poets & Writers, retrieved 2018-11-12
  8. Reviews of Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics:
    • Smock, Fredrerick (March 2009), Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, 3 (1): 57–58, doi:10.1080/17513470902894111CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Kasube, Herbert E. (August 2009), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • Dorf, Carol (Fall 2009), "Review", Poets' Quarterly
    • Coetzee, J. M. (September 2009), "Review" (PDF), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 56 (8): 944–946
    • Bacharach, Deborah (November 2009), The College Mathematics Journal, 40 (5): 384–386, doi:10.4169/074683409x475724, JSTOR 25653782CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Lipsey, Sally I. (March 2010), The Mathematical Intelligencer, 32 (1): 74–75, doi:10.1007/s00283-009-9082-6, MR 2601922CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Leversha, Gerry (July 2010), The Mathematical Gazette, 94 (530): 363–364, doi:10.1017/s0025557200006884CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Marcus, Solomon (2011), Mathematical Reviews, MR 2490399CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
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