Henk J. M. Bos

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Hendrik Jan Maarten "Henk" Bos (born 17 July 1940, Enschede)[1] 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.[2] 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.

Honors[edit]

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.[3]

  • 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.[4]
  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prof.dr. H.J.M. Bos (1940 - ) at the Catalogus Professorum Academiæ Rheno-Traiectinæ
  2. ^ "University of Aarhus Henk Bos appointed honorary professor at the University of Aarhus". University of Aarhus. 
  3. ^ "University of Aarhus Henk Bos appointed honorary professor at the University of Aarhus". University of Aarhus. 
  4. ^ Guiciardini, Niccolò (2002). "Review: Redefining Geometrical Exactness: Descartes' Transformation of the Early Modern Concept of Construction by Henk J. M. Bos". Early Science and Medicine. 7 (2): 155–157. JSTOR 4130218. 

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