Joseph W. Dauben (born 29 December 1944, Santa Monica) is a Herbert H. Lehman Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
His fields of expertise are history of science, history of mathematics, the scientific revolution, sociology of science, intellectual history, 17-18th centuries, history of Chinese science, and the history of botany.
His book Abraham Robinson was reviewed positively by Moshé Machover, but he noted that it avoids discussing any of Robinson's negative aspects, and "in this respect [the book] borders on the hagiographic, painting a portrait without warts."
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences (since 1982).
In 1985–1994 Dauben served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Commission on History of Mathematics.
- Abraham Robinson, The Creation of Nonstandard Analysis: A Personal and Mathematical Odyssey (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1995).
- Georg Cantor, His Mathematics and Philosophy of the Infinite (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1979; rep. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1989).
Articles, reviews, and essays
- Suan shu shu. A book on numbers and computations. Translated from the Chinese and with commentary by Joseph W. Dauben. Arch. Hist. Exact Sci. 62 (2008), no. 2, 91–178.
- "La Matematica," in W. Shea ed., Storia delle Scienze. LeScienze Fisiche e Astronomiche (Milano: Banca Populare di Milan, 1991, and Einaudi, 1992) pp. 258–280
- "Are There Revolutions in Mathematics?" in The Space of Mathematics (eds. J. Echieverria, A. Ibarra and T. Mormann) (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1992), pp. 203–226.
- "Conceptual Revolutions and the History of Mathematics: Two Studies in the Growth of Knowledge," Chapter 4 of D. Gillies, ed., Revolutions in Mathematics (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992), pp. 49–7l.
- "Revolutions Revisited," Chapter 5 of D. Gillies, ed., Revolutions in Mathematics (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992), pp. 72–82.
- Abraham Robinson and Nonstandard Analysis: History, Philosophy, and Foundations of Mathematics. In William Aspray and Philip Kitcher, eds. History and philosophy of modern mathematics (Minneapolis, MN, 1985), 177–200, Minnesota Stud. Philos. Sci., XI, Univ. Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1988. Online here.
- DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORS. City University of New York. Accessed May 28, 2011
- Machoover, Moshé, "Review: Joseph Warren Dauben, Abraham Robinson: The Creation of Nonstandard Analysis: A Personal and Mathematical Odyssey" Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 47 (1996), 137-140
- Fellows, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Accessed May 27, 2011
- Faculty profile, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Accessed May 27, 2011
- Joseph Warren Dauben, International Academy of the History of Science. Accessed May 27, 2011
- Academy members: Joseph W. Dauben, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Accessed May 27, 2011
- PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF MATHEMATICIANS, Berlin 1998, Extra Volume ICM 1998. DOCUMENTA MATHEMATICA,
- New Faculty, 365 Fifth, April 2004, Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Accessed May 27, 2011
- A Brief History of the International Commission on the History of Mathematics (ICHM). International Commission on History of Mathematics. Accessed May 27, 2011