Florian Cajori

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Florian Cajori


Florian Cajori at Colorado College
Born 28 February 1859
Graubünden, Switzerland
Died 15 August 1930
Berkeley, California
Occupation Mathematician

Florian Cajori (February 28, 1859 in St Aignan (near Thusis), Graubünden, Switzerland—August 15, 1930, Berkeley, California) was one of the most celebrated historians of mathematics in his day. He emigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen. He received a Ph.D. at Tulane University, where he taught for a few years before being driven north by his health. He taught at Colorado College, where he founded the Colorado College Scientific Society. Even today his History of Mathematical Notations (1928-29) has been described as "unsurpassed."[1] In 1918, he was appointed to a specially created chair in history of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. He remained in Berkeley, California until his death in 1930.

Notes and references

  • Cajori, Florian. "The History of Notations of the Calculus." Annals of Mathematics, 2nd Ser., Vol. 25, No. 1 (Sep., 1923), pp. 1-46
  • Cajori, Florian [1928-1929] (1993). A History of Mathematical Notations. Dover Publications. ISBN 0486677664. 
  1. ^ Colorado College page on Florian Cajori.

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