Stefan Bilaniuk

post: Dept. of Mathematics, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J 7B8
e-mail: sbilaniuk{at}trentu{period}ca
[E-mail sent to my Trent address all too frequently vanishes. If it's important, call!]
office: Gzowski College 337
telephone: 705 748-1011 x7474
Fall hours: Monday-Friday (except Tuesday) 12:00-12:50, or by appointment, or just drop by!
home phone: 705 742-7862
[Please do not call between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. except in an emergency.]

Teaching | Service | Research | Background | Odds and Ends

timetables: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

No doubt but magic may do much in this;
For he that reads but mathematic rules
Shall find conclusions that avail to work
Wonders that pass the common sense of men.

From Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay by Robert Greene.


Teaching is the part of the job that turns me on. I like to teach everything in mathematics (except that applied stuff!), and often give reading courses on topics not covered in our regular offerings.

Fall 2017

Mathematics 2200H - Mathematical Reasoning
Mathematics 2260H - Geometry II: Projective and Non-Euclidean Geometry
Mathematics 3810H - Ancient and Classical Mathematics
Mathematics 4900Y - Reading Course in Calculus on Manifolds

Winter 2018

Mathematics 1550H - Introduction to Probability
Mathematics - Communications & Critical Thinking 1080H - Math for Everyday Life
Mathematics 4900Y - Reading Course in Calculus on Manifolds

Reading courses

I often teach regular courses as reading courses for students who are unable to take them when they are offered in the normal course of events. Reading courses on material outside our usual curriculum which I have taught a time or three in the recent past, and could readily do so again for anyone interested, include:

I am usually willing to try other topics of mutual interest. Please note that the availability of reading courses may be limited by students' backgrounds, the time and energy I have to spare, and departmental approval.


I have written or am writing a couple of texts, all of which are or will be released for free in electronic form. (Working on these is a large part of my sabbatical program.)



My interests are in combinatorial set theory, particularly problems about Souslin trees, and in geometry, on non-Desarguesian projective planes. I've also worked a bit on binary codes.


Born a Canadian citizen in München, Deutschland, in 1961, and raised in Toronto, Canada, from 1962 on, except for a year (1971-72) in Innsbruck, Österreich. B.Sc. (1984), University of Toronto; A.M. (1986), Ph.D. (1989), Dartmouth College. NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship: 1989-90 at the University of California, Berkeley, and 1990-91 at the University of Toronto. Assistant Professor at Trent University 1991-98 (with tenure from 1995); Associate Professor from 1998. Visiting Adjunct Assistant Professor at Ohio University while on sabbatical in 1995-96.

Odds and Ends

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