Dr. Dena Morton
Professor, Mathematics Department
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Morton is a pure mathematician, which means she researches theoretical mathematics. To her, mathematics is always a creative endeavor and she is delighted when her research yields particularly beautiful results.
Dr. Morton's area of research is in combinatorial game theory. Combinatorial games follow these rules:
- There are two players who play against each other.
- Nothing is left to chance. Instead moves must be reasoned out.
(This means poker is not a combinatorial game.)
- Both players know the other player’s possible moves.
(This means Stratego is not a combinatorial game.)
- There is a definite winner, with no ties allowed.
Some examples of famous combinatorial games are connect four, chess, checkers, tic-tac-toe, go, and the game of nim.
Combinatorial Game Theory, Topology, Homotopy Theory