> Perhaps we could pass the virtual hat around and raise funds > for a prestigious Sci.Math.Medal to be awarded annually by a > committee composed of Robert Israel, Gerald Edgar, Arturo > Magidin, etc.
As far as sci.math is concerned, I would give the virtual hat to Robert, with my apologies to all the rest mentioned.
He possesses some of the best properties in the tradition of the Ancients:
He is humble, silent, quick, efficient, optimal, helpful, non-boasting, very slow to anger, non-show off, non-judgmental, patient, open-minded, honest, not opinionated, psychologically balanced, does not participate in flame wars, and he is an expert in the subjects he touches.
Based on the above attributes which are fairly obvious from his postings, I'd say that he is also a terrific mathematics teacher, although there is no way to deduce that directly. -- Ioannis