Richard  O'Donovan Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Richard O'Donovan

Doctor in Mathematics, Swiss High school teacher

Carpenter for ten years, then musical instrument maker for another ten years, Richard O'Donovan started studying mathematics at Fields medal limit age. Teaching introductory analysis - or calculus - lead to studying nonstandard approaches to see if there were more intuitive, yet mathematically correct ways of presenting the subject. This work was developped with Karel Hrbacek. Olivier Lessmann and Yves PĂ©raire (my PhD advisor).

Subjects: Mathematics


When "incorrect" methods of the first analysts lead to correct answers, I wonder why and end up studying nonstandard analysis and philosophy of mathematics. As a result, different methods are developed which provide other insights on well known theorems and an approach which is more intuitive for the introductory level. The challenge is then to introduce 21rst century mathematics in high school

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Mathematics teaching, nonstandard analysis, alternative set theory, axiomatics

Personal Interests

    Music (amateur classical double bass player), walking, watching films and best of all: an evening of lively conversations with friends and a glass of wine.