Affiliations with Academic Institutions

Period Position Department Institution
1984 - Current Professor Mathematics Simon Fraser University
1992 Visiting
Scholar
History of Science Harvard University
1990 - 1991 Visiting
Scholar
History of Science Harvard University
1973 - 1984 Associate
Professor
Mathematics and
Statistics
Simon Fraser University
Sept.1975 -
Dec. 1976
Visiting
Fellow
History of Medicine
and Science
Yale University
1963 - 1973 Assistant
Professor
Mathematics Simon Fraser University
Sept. 1972 -
May 1973
Visiting
Fellow
History of Medicine
and Science
Yale University
Sept. 1968 -
June 1969
Visiting
Lecturer
Mathematics University of Warwick


Selected Theses Supervised

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

Books Published

Membership in the Academic Community

Awards/Honors

Other Interests

Biography

John Lennart Berggren
Professor in the Department of Mathematics
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5A 1S6

Educational Background