Michael Sean Mahoney
Michael Sean Mahoney (June 30, 1939 – July 23, 2008) was a historian of science.
Mahoney was born in New York City, and did his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, graduating in 1960. He earned a Ph.D. in history and history of science from Princeton University in 1967, and immediately took a position as an assistant professor there. He remained at Princeton for over 40 years, until his death in 2008.
A conference on the history of science and technology was held in his honor at Princeton in May 2009.
In an endorsement letter to Mahoney for his book, Scientist as Subject, Albert Ellis wrote: "you have done a beautiful job of exposing some of the fallibilities of scientists and I certainly hope that the book has a very wide and influential readership." Ellis later wrote in his autobiography that although the book did not attain many readers it was a major influence on Ellis.
- Mahoney, Michael Sean, The mathematical career of Pierre de Fermat. Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 1973. xviii+419 pp.
- Mahoney, Michael Sean, The mathematical career of Pierre de Fermat, 1601–1665. Second edition. Princeton Paperbacks. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1994. xxii+432 pp. ISBN 0-691-03666-7
- Mahoney, Michael S., Barrow's mathematics: between ancients and moderns. Before Newton, 179–249, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1990.
- Mahoney, Michael S., Die Anfänge der algebraischen Denkweise im 17. Jahrhundert. (German) RETE 1 (1971/72), no. 1, 15–31.
- Stevens, Ruth (July 25, 2008), "Michael S. Mahoney, historian of science and devoted faculty member, dies", News at Princeton (Princeton University).
- Buchwald, Jed Z.; Burnett, D. Graham (2009), "Michael S. Mahoney, 1939–2008", Isis 100: 623–626, doi:10.1086/649137.
- Gordin, Michael D.; Byrne, James (2009), The Historical Career of Michael Sean Mahoney, Princeton Program in History of Science.
- Gabbey, Alan (1975), "The Mathematical Career of Pierre de Fermat (1601-1665) by Michael Sean Mahoney", The British Journal for the History of Science 8 (1): 81–84, doi:10.1017/s0007087400013819, JSTOR 4025827.
- Gridgeman, N. T. (1976), "The Mathematical Praeface to the Elements of Geometrie of Euclid to Megara (1570) by John Dee; The Mathematical Career of Pierre de Fermat (1601-1665) by Michael Sean Mahoney", The American Historical Review 81 (4): 840–841, JSTOR 1864830.
- Ouwendijk, George (1997), "The Mathematical Career of Pierre de Fermat, 1601-1665. by Michael Sean Mahoney", Renaissance Quarterly 50 (1): 334–335, JSTOR 3039384.
- Koblitz, Neal (2008), Random Curves: Journeys of a Mathematician, Springer, p. 92, ISBN 9783540740773.
- Landsburg, Steven E., Andre Weil, retrieved 2013-02-20.
- Weil, A. (1973), "Review: M. S. Mahoney, The mathematical career of Pierre de Fermat", Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 79 (6): 1138–1149, doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1973-13354-3, MR 1566693.
- Ellis, Albert (2010). All Out!:An Autobiography. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books. p. 491-492. ISBN 9781591024521.