Laura Taalman Laura Taalman and Peter Kohn are professors of mathematics at James Madison University, where they have taught calculus for a combined total of over 30 years. Laura Taalman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Duke University. Her research includes singular algebraic geometry, knot theory, and the mathematics of games and puzzles. She is a recipient of both the Alder Award and the Trevor Evans award from the Mathematical Association of America, and the author of five books on Sudoku and the mathematics of Sudoku. In her spare time, she enjoys being a geek. Peter Kohn received his undergraduate degree from Antioch College, a master’s degree from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. His main areas of research are low-dimensional topology and knot theory. He has been a national judge for MathCounts since 2001. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and riding his bicycle in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.