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Peter Saveliev

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Hello! My name is Peter Saveliev. I am a professor of mathematics at Marshall University, Huntington WV, USA.

My current projects are these two books:

In part, the latter book is about Discrete Calculus, which is based on a simple idea: $$\lim_{\Delta x\to 0}\left( \begin{array}{cc}\text{ discrete }\\ \text{ calculus }\end{array} \right)= \text{ calculus }.$$ I have been involved in research in algebraic topology and several other fields but nowadays I think this is a pointless activity. My non-academic projects have been: digital image analysis, automated fingerprint identification, and image matching for missile navigation/guidance.


  • Once upon a time, I took a better look at the poster of Drawing Hands by Escher hanging in my office and realized that what is shown isn't symmetric! To fix the problem I made my own picture called Painting Hands:
Correcting Drawing Hands by Escher

Such a symmetry is supposed to be an involution of the $3$-space, $A^2=I$; therefore, its diagonalized matrix has only $\pm 1$ on the diagonal. These are the three cases:

  • (a) One $-1$: mirror symmetry, then pen draws pen. No!
  • (b) Two $-1$s: $180$ degrees rotation, the we have two right (or two left) hands. No!
  • (c) Three $-1$s: central symmetry. Yes!


  • Integer-valued calculus (Can calculus help to determine if the universe is non-orientable?), an essay making a case for discrete calculus by appealing to topology and physics.
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Note: I am frequently asked, what should "Saveliev" sound like? I used to care about that but got over that years ago. The one I endorse is the most popular: "Sav-leeeeeev". Or, simply call me Peter.