Hi! I’m Clive Newstead, the author of An Infinite Descent into Pure Mathematics and a Yorkshireman living in America. I work as an Assistant Teaching Processor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.
My mathematical research uses the tools of category theory to investigate the interactions between logic, topology and abstract algebra. I am also interested in pedagogy, and particularly in how it relates to teaching mathematics at the post-secondary level.
This website serves to house my introductory pure mathematics textbook, An Infinite Descent into Pure Mathematics—more information about this on the home page.
The name Infinite Descent is a pun, referring both to a mathematical proof technique and to the way in which studying pure mathematics has the tendency to feel like falling down a rabbit hole. (It is perhaps no coincidence that Lewis Carroll was a pure mathematician…)
If you have questions concerning the textbook, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
See also my academic web page.