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Glen Robert Van Brummelen (born 1965) is a Canadian historian of mathematics specializing in historical applications of mathematics to astronomy.

Van Brummelen earned his PhD degree from Simon Fraser University in 1993,[1] and served as a professor of mathematics at Bennington College from 1999 to 2006. He then transferred to Quest University Canada as a founding faculty member.

He is president of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics,[2] and was a co-editor of Mathematics and the Historian's Craft: The Kenneth O. May Lectures (Springer, 2005).

Glen Van Brummelen has published the first major history in English of the origins and early development of trigonometry, The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth: The Early History of Trigonometry.[3] His second book, Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry, concerns spherical trigonometry.[4][5]


  1. ^ Glen Van Brummelen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ CSHPM Council, retrieved 2013-12-26.
  3. ^ McRae, Alan S. (2009), Review of The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth, MR2473955.
  4. ^ Steele, John M. (July 2013), "A forgotten discipline (review of Heavenly Mathematics)", Metascience, doi:10.1007/s11016-013-9836-9 
  5. ^ Funk, Martin (2013), Review of Heavenly Mathematics, MR3012466.

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