Today we have with us Glen Van Brummelen, who serves as Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Dean, Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences at Trinity Western University.
Glen is a historian of mathematics and astronomy in ancient and medieval cultures, sometimes described as the only historian of trigonometry in the world. He is author of The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth: The Early History of Trigonometry(Princeton, 2009), Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry(Princeton, 2013), and Trigonometry: A Very Short Introduction(Oxford, 2020). He has served twice as president of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics. Prior to TWU, he was a founding faculty member and mathematics division coordinator of Quest University Canada. He won the Mathematical Association of America’s Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2016, and the 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2017.Support the show