Henk J. M. Bos

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Henk J. M . Bos (born 1940) is a Dutch historian of mathematics. He worked at Utrecht University for most of his career from 1971 and was professor of history of mathematics from 1985 until he retired in 2005.[1] Since his retirement he has been honorary professor of the history of mathematics at the Faculty of Science at the University of Aarhus. He is married to Kirsti Andersen.

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In 2005, he was awarded the Kenneth O. May Medal.

Selected publications[edit]

He has worked on subjects such as the mathematical works of the seventeenth-century philosopher René Descartes, including Descartes’ contribution to the development of algebra and geometry.[2]

  • Bos, H. J. M.; Kers, C.; Oort, F.; Raven, D. W. Poncelet's closure theorem. Exposition. Math. 5 (1987), no. 4, 289–364.
Joseph Harris wrote for MathSciNet: "the authors trace very carefully the history of the problem, describing various approaches culminating in a modern proof. The paper is fascinating from both a historical and a mathematical point of view, and should serve as the definitive source of information about Poncelet's problem in the future" here
  • Bos, Henk J. M. Redefining geometrical exactness. Descartes' transformation of the early modern concept of construction. Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Springer-Verlag, New York, 2001.[3]
  • Bos, Henk J. M. (1974), Differentials, higher-order differentials and the derivative in the Leibnizian calculus, Archive for History of Exact Sciences 14: 1–90, doi:10.1007/BF00327456 .
  • Bos, Henk J. M. Lectures in the history of mathematics. History of Mathematics, 7. American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI; London Mathematical Society, London, 1993.
  • Bos, H. J. M. The closure theorem of Poncelet. Rend. Sem. Mat. Fis. Milano 54 (1984), 145–158 (1987).
  • Herbert Mehrtens, Henk J. M. Bos, Ivo Schneider Social History of Nineteenth Century Mathematics Historien des sciences
  • Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Henk J. M. Bos 1980. From the Calculus to Set Theory, 1630–1910: An Introductory History. Duckworth.

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