James Stewart (mathematician)
March 29, 1941|
|Died||December 3, 2014
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Toronto
University of London
|Alma mater||Stanford University
University of Toronto
|Doctoral advisor||Lionel Cooper|
|Known for||Work in harmonic analysis
James Drewry Stewart (March 29, 1941 – December 3, 2014) was a Canadian mathematician, violinist, and the professor emeritus of mathematics at McMaster University. Stewart received his Master of Science at Stanford University and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1967. He worked for two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of London. Stewart's research focused on harmonic analysis and functional analysis.
Stewart is best-known for his series of textbooks used for high school-, college-, and university-level courses. His books on Calculus are standard textbooks in universities across many countries. Perhaps one of his most popular textbooks is Single Variable Essential Calculus Early Transcendentals. Stewart was also a violinist, a former member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the early 2000s a house designed by Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe was constructed for Dr. Stewart in the Rosedale neighbourhood of Toronto at a cost of $24 million. He paid an additional $5.4 million for the original home in Rosedale, which was torn down to make room for his new home.  Called Integral House (a reference to its curved walls, and their similarity to the mathematical integral symbol), the house includes a concert hall that seats 150. Dr. Stewart has said, "My books and my house are my twin legacies. If I hadn't commissioned the house I'm not sure what I would have spent the money on." Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, called the house "one of the most important private houses built in North America in a long time."
Stewart was deeply involved in LGBT activism. According to Joseph Clement, a documentary filmmaker who is working on a film about Stewart and Integral House, Stewart brought gay rights activist George Hislop to speak at McMaster in the early 1970s, when the LGBT liberation movement was in its infancy, and was involved in protests and demonstrations.
- "The House that Math Built". TheStar.com. 2011-02-04
- "An 'Accordion' of Wood and Glass", Wall Street Journal, 2009-04-03; retrieved 2009-04-08.
- "For millionaire mathematician James Stewart, music will play on after his death", The Globe and Mail, 2014-09-21.
- Press Release, fields.utoronto.ca, 2014-12-04.
- "The many parts of James Stewart", DailyXtra, 2014-12-10.
- Peterson, Ivars (August–September 2009). "James Stewart and the House That Calculus Built". MAA FOCUS 29 (4): 4–6. ISSN 0731-2040. Retrieved 2009-07-27. Article about Stewart's "Integral House".