Carl Benjamin Boyer
|Carl Benjamin Boyer|
November 3, 1906|
Hellertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||April 26, 1976
New York, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Historian of mathematics|
Carl Benjamin Boyer (November 3, 1906 – April 26, 1976) was an American historian of sciences, and especially mathematics. David Foster Wallace called him the "Gibbon of math history". He wrote the books History of Analytic Geometry, The History of the Calculus and Its Conceptual Development, A History of Mathematics, and The Rainbow: From Myth to Mathematics. He served as book-review editor of Scripta Mathematica.
He died of a heart attack in New York City in 1976.
In 1978, Boyer's widow, the former Marjorie Duncan Nice, a professor of history, established the Carl B. Boyer Memorial Prize, to be awarded annually to a Columbia University undergraduate for the best essay on a scientific or mathematical topic.
- Dauben, Joseph Warren; Scriba, Christoph J. Writing the history of mathematics: its historical development, Birkhäuser, 2002. Cf. pp.380-381 for the biography of Boyer.
- David Foster Wallace. "An excerpt from Everything and More". Retrieved 2007-08-28.
- Scripta Mathematica. Retrieved 2007-10-21.
- Gleason, Mary Louise, "The Metropolitan New York Section of the History of Science Society", Isis, Vol. 90, Supplement, Catching up with the Vision: Essays on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the History of Science Society (1999), pp. S200-S218. Published by The University of Chicago Press on behalf of The History of Science Society
- "John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 1954 Fellows". Retrieved 2009-02-20.
- Obituary: Marjorie Boyer", The New York Times, March 21, 2010
- "Columbia College Bulletin:Prizes and Fellowships". Retrieved 2009-02-20.
- Quotations related to Carl B. Boyer at Wikiquote
- Boyer, Carl B. (August 30–September 6, 1950). Lecture: "The Foremost Textbook of Modern Times." International Congress of Mathematicians, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Retrieved on 2009-02-20.
- Boyer, Carl B. (1949). The history of the calculus and its conceptual development Hafner Publishing Company, New York, ed. Dover 1959. Retrieved on 2010-03-30.