**Affiliations with Academic
Institutions**

PeriodPositionDepartmentInstitution1984 - Current Professor Mathematics Simon Fraser University 1992 Visiting

ScholarHistory of Science Harvard University 1990 - 1991 Visiting

ScholarHistory of Science Harvard University 1973 - 1984 Associate

ProfessorMathematics and

StatisticsSimon Fraser University Sept.1975 -

Dec. 1976Visiting

FellowHistory of Medicine

and ScienceYale University 1963 - 1973 Assistant

ProfessorMathematics Simon Fraser University Sept. 1972 -

May 1973Visiting

FellowHistory of Medicine

and Science

Yale University Sept. 1968 -

June 1969Visiting

LecturerMathematics University of Warwick

Selected Theses Supervised

NameDegreeTitleCompletedUnderell, John M.A.L.S.* An Enquiry into Human Creativity 2003Sinclair, Nathalie M.Sc. Applications. of Conic Sections in Ancient Mathematics 1995Jeffries, William M.A.L.S.* Extended Essays: "Claude Bernard"; "Cartesian Chalk Circle" 1995Stanley, Daryn M.Sc. The Quadrant in Middle Ages and Renaissance 1994Van Brummelen, Glen Ph.D. Mathematical Tables in Ptolemy's Almagest 1993Vogt, David Ph.D. An Informatiion Analysis of Great Plains Medicine Wheels 1990

*M.A.L.S is SFU's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies,

a cohort M.A. program for mid-career professionals.

**Current Research Interests
**

My research centers around reading and translating ancient Greek and medieval Arabic mathematical texts dealing with geometry, mathematical cartography and astronomy, as well as studies of the mathematical ideas in these texts and their historical development.

I have also taught and done research in how the mathematical sciences have affected, and been affected by, human values and cultures including moral, religious and cognitive values.

**Selected Refereed Publications**

The following list is a representative sample of published articles. For a complete list, click here.

- "Tenth-Century Mathematics Through the Eyes of Abu Sahl al-Kuhi" in The Enterprise of Science in Islam: New Perspectives (ed. Jan P. Hogendijk and Abelhamid I. Sabra). Cambridge, Mass. and London: The MIT Press, 2003, pp. 177 - 196.
- "From Euclid to Apollonius: Al-Kuhi's Lemmas to the Conics" (jointly with Glen Van Brummelen). Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften, Vol. 15, 2003, pp. 165 - 174.
- "Ptolemy's Maps as an Introduction to Ancient Science" in Science and Mathematics in Ancient Greek Culture. (C.J. Tuplin and T.E. Rihll, ed's). Oxford, New York, etc.: Oxford University Press (2002), pp. 36 - 55.
- "Historical Reflections of Scientific Knowlege: The Case of Medieval Islam" published in Knowledge Across Cultures, Universities East and West. Hubei Education Press & OISE Press, 139-153 (1994). Reprinted in Knowledge Across Cultures: A Contribution to Dialogue Among Civilizations (Ruth Hayhoe and Julia Pan, ed's.) by Comparative Education Research Centre: The University of Hong Kong (2001), 127 - 138.
- "Islamic Acquisition
of Foreign Sciences: A Cultural Perspective" Amer.J. of Isl. Soc. Sci.
9, 3 (Fall, 1992), 310-324. Reprinted, with minor changes, in Tradition,
Transmission, Transformation: Proceedings of Two Conferences on Pre-modern
Science held at the University of Oklahoma (F. J. Ragep and S.P. Ragep,
ed's.) Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1996, pp. 263-283.

- "Ptolemy's Maps of Earth and the Heavens: A New Interpretation", Archive for History of Exact Sciences, Vol. 43, 2, 1991, 133-144.
- "Spurious Theorems
in Archimedes' Equilibrium of Planes Book I", Archive for History of
Exact Sciences, Vol. 16, 2, 87-103 (1976).

**Books Published**

- Pi: A Source Book (3rd Edition - jointly with J. and P. Borwein). New York: Springer-Verlag, 2004.
- Ptolemy's Geography: An annotated translation of the theoretical chapters (jointly with Alexander Jones). Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press (Hardcover edition: 2000; Paperback edition 2002.)
- Mathematics in Medieval Islam. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1986 (p.b. 2004).
- Euclid's Phaenomena: A Translation and Study of a Hellenistic Work in Spherical Astronomy. (jointly with R.S.D. Thomas), in the series Sources and Studies in Hellenistic Exact Sciences by Garland Publishing, 1996.
- From Ancient Omens to Statistical Mechanics (edited jointly with B.R. Goldstein). Munksgaard: Copenhagen, 1987.

**Membership in the Academic
Community**

- Canadian Mathematical Society
- History of Science Society
- Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (3 times President)
- Mathematical Association of America

**Awards/Honors**

- 2001 President's (Simon Fraser Univ.) Award for Media and Public Relations
- 1993 Elected Corresponding Member of Academie Internationale d'histoire des Sciences
- Listed in Canadian Who's Who since 1987

**Other Interests**

- Gardening
- Fly-fishing
- Philately (Cyprus post-independence)

**Biography**

John Lennart Berggren

Professor in the Department of Mathematics

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5A 1S6

**Educational Background**

- 1966 Ph.D. Mathematics

University of Washington, Seattle, USA - 1965 M.Sc. Mathematics

University of Washington, Seattle, USA - 1963 B.Sc. Mathematics
(Magna Cum Laude)

University of Washington, Seattle, USA