Kenneth H. Rosen has had a long career as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Laboratories in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He currently holds the position of visiting research professor at Monmouth University where he is working on the security and privacy aspects of the Rapid Response Database Project and where he is teaching a course on cryptographic applications.
Dr. Rosen received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
(1972), and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from M.I.T. (1976), where he wrote his thesis in the area
of number theory under the direction of Harold Stark. Before joining Bell Laboratories in 1982,
he held positions at the University of Colorado, Boulder; The Ohio State University, Columbus;
and the University of Maine, Orono, where he was an associate professor of mathematics.
While working at AT&T Labs, he taught at Monmouth University, teaching courses in discrete
mathematics, coding theory, and data security.
Dr. Rosen has published numerous articles in professional journals in the areas of number
theory and mathematical modeling. He is the author of the textbooks Elementary Number Theory and Its Applications, published by Addison-Wesley and currently in its fifth edition, and Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications, published by McGraw-Hill and currently in its sixth edition. Both of these textbooks have been used extensively at hundreds of universities throughout the world. Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications has sold more than 300,000 copies in its lifetime with translations into Spanish, French, Chinese, and Korean. He is also co-author of UNIX: The Complete Reference; UNIX System V Release 4: An Introduction; and Best UNIX Tips Ever, each published by Osborne McGraw-Hill. These books have sold more than 150,000 copies with translations into Chinese, German, Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Rosen is also the editor of the Handbook of Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics, published by CRC Press, and he is the advisory editor of the CRC series of books in discrete mathematics, consisting of more than 30 volumes on different aspects of discrete mathematics, most of which are introduced in this book. He is also interested in integrating mathematical software into the educational and professional environments, and has worked on projects with Waterloo Maple, Inc.’s Maple software in both these areas.
At Bell Laboratories and AT&T Laboratories, Dr. Rosen worked on a wide range of projects,
including operations research studies and product line planning for computers and data communications equipment. He helped plan AT&T’s products and services in the area of multimedia, including video communications, speech recognition and synthesis, and image networking. He evaluated new technology for use by AT&T and did standards work in the area of image networking. He also invented many new services, and holds or has submitted more than 70 patents. One of his more interesting projects involved helping evaluate technology for the AT&T attraction
at EPCOT Center.