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

Glen Van Brummelen
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Photo of Glen showing off a gift from one of his students.
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He is president of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics,[1] and was a co-editor of Mathematics and the Historian's Craft: The Kenneth O. May Lectures (Springer, 2005).

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LifeEdit

Van Brummelen earned his PhD degree from Simon Fraser University in 1993,[2] 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.

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]

WorksEdit

  • The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth: The Early History of Trigonometry Princeton; Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2009. ISBN 9780691129730, OCLC 750691811
  • Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry Princeton; Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2013. ISBN 9780691175997, OCLC 988234342

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CSHPM Council, retrieved 2013-12-26.
  2. ^ Glen Van Brummelen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  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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