History of Mathematics

The history of mathematics studies the historical origins and development of mathematical ideas and methods from the beginnings of recorded history, in all societies and cultures. Research in this area involves:

- The editing, translating (if necessary), and commentary on important mathematical texts.
- The development of areas of mathematics, such as the calculus, abstract algebra, or topology.
- A study of how the development of mathematics has affected, and been affected by, institutions (e.g. academic, religious, or scientific) or other humanistic or scientific aspects of human culture.

The Department of Mathematics offers both the Masters and Doctorate in History of Mathematics. We have two Professors specializing in the History of Mathematics: Dr. Tom Archibald (tarchi@sfu.ca - mathematics since the 17th century) and Dr. Len Berggren (berggren@sfu.ca - ancient and medieval mathematics). Students who are interested in pursuing studies in the history of mathematics in the context of a mathematics department are urged to contact one of us.