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Howard Keisler
Born (1936-12-03) December 3, 1936 (age 81)
"Seattle, United States
Known for "Non-standard analysis
Scientific career
Fields "Mathematics
Institutions "University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Doctoral advisor "Alfred Tarski
Doctoral students "Frederick Rowbottom

Howard Jerome Keisler (born 3 December 1936) is an American "mathematician, currently professor emeritus at "University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research has included "model theory and "non-standard analysis.

His Ph.D. advisor was "Alfred Tarski at "Berkeley; his dissertation is Ultraproducts and Elementary Classes (1961).

Following "Abraham Robinson's work resolving what had long been thought to be inherent logical contradictions in the literal interpretation of "Leibniz's notation that Leibniz himself had proposed, that is, interpreting "dx" as literally representing an "infinitesimally small quantity, Keisler published "Elementary Calculus: An Infinitesimal Approach, a first-year calculus textbook conceptually centered on the use of infinitesimals, rather than the "epsilon, delta approach, for developing the calculus.

He is also known for extending the Henkin construction (of "Leon Henkin) to what are now called Henkin–Keisler models.[1][2]

He held the named chair of Vilas Professor of Mathematics at Wisconsin.

Among Keisler's graduate students, several have made notable mathematical contributions, including "Frederick Rowbottom who discovered "Rowbottom cardinals. Several others have gone on to careers in computer science research and product development, including: Michael Benedikt, a professor of computer science at the "University of Oxford, Kevin J. Compton, a professor of computer science at the "University of Michigan, Curtis Tuckey, a developer of software-based collaboration environments; "Joseph Sgro, a neurologist and developer of vision processor hardware and software, and Edward L. Wimmers, a database researcher at "IBM Almaden Research Center.

In 2012 he became a fellow of the "American Mathematical Society.[3]

His son Jeffrey Keisler is a "Fulbright Distinguished Chair.[4]



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  1. ^ G. Weaver (2001) [1994], "Henkin construction", in "Hazewinkel, Michiel, "Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. / Kluwer Academic Publishers, "ISBN "978-1-55608-010-4 
  2. ^ George Weaver (1997). Henkin-Keisler models. Springer. "ISBN "978-0-7923-4366-0. 
  3. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-27.
  4. ^ https://www.umb.edu/news/detail/keisler_first_umass_boston_prof_to_be_named_distinguished_fulbright_chair
  5. ^ "Makkai, M. (1976). "Review: Model theory by C. C. Chang and H. J. Keisler" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 82 (3): 433–446. "doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1976-14035-9. 

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