Research Interests

Errorcorrecting codes

Finite groups

Packing and covering problems in geometry

History and philosophy of mathematics

Mathematics Education
Publications

T. M. Thompson and K. L. Wiggins, The treatment of limits in the Calculus:
are we becoming careless?, Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol.
21
(1990), 235242.

T. M. Thompson and K. L. Wiggins, Multivariate limits and continuity:
A survey of calculus textbooks, U.S. Educational Resources Information
Center, ERIC Document ED (1988) 291 607.

D. Crowe and T. M. Thompson, Some Modern Uses of Geometry, Learning
and Teaching Geometry, K12, 1987 Yearbook, NCTM, Reston, VA.

T. M. Thompson, From ErrorCorrecting Codes through Sphere Packings
to Simple Groups, Carus Monograph #21, Math. Assoc. Amer., Washington,
D.C., 1983.
Presentations

" 'O Great Calculator:' Calculator and Software Accuracy," Summer Meeting,
Pacific Northwest Section, Math. Assoc. Amer., 1995.

"Apollonius, Heron, Kepler, and Spreadsheets: Old Ideas, New Technology,
New Applications," Summer Meeting, Pacific Northwest Section, Math. Assoc.
Amer., 1995.

"Hamming and Golay," Invited address, International Gauss Symposium on
Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Guarujá, São Paulo,
Brasil, 1989.

"ErrorCorrecting Codes: The Beginnings," Invited Science Seminar presentation,
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, 1989.

"ErrorCorrecting Codes and Beyond," Invited MAA Short Course, Pacific
Northwest Section, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,
1988.

"Limits and Continuity," International Congress of Mathematicians, Berkeley,
CA, 1986.

"The Early History of ErrorCorrecting Codes," Invited Colloquium talk,
Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Washington State University,
Pullman, WA, 1985.

"ErrorCorrecting Codes: The Beginnings," International Congress of Mathematicians,
Warsaw, Poland, 1983.

"ErrorCorrecting Codes: The Beginnings," Canadian Society for History
and Philosophy of Mathematics/SCHPM, Learned Societies Conference, Montréal,
Qué., Canada, 1980.