Paul A. Zeitz

Paul A. Zeitz

Professor Emeritus

Faculty Emeritus
Harney Science Center 107A


Originally trained as an ergodic theorist (PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1992), today Paul Zeitz's overriding interest is mathematical problem solving and the promulgation of an Eastern European-inspired problem-solving culture to American audiences.

Towards this end, he wrote The Art and Craft of Problem Solving in 1998, co-founded the Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad in 1999, and co-founded the San Francisco Math Circle in 2005. In 2009 he produced a series of video lectures for The Teaching Company on problem solving.

Also, in 2013, he began planning a new independent school for children in grades 6-12 who love math, called Proof School. The school opened in Fall 2015 and is located in downtown San Francisco. It features a unique, innovative world-class curriculum.

You can find him on Twitter at @PaulAZeitz.


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Awards & Distinctions

Selected Publications

  • Zeitz, P. (1998). The Art and Craft of Problem Solving. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.