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Judith Victor Grabiner (born 1938) is an American mathematician who is among the best-known historians of mathematics. Her main interests are in mathematics from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
She earned her B.S. in mathematics at the University of Chicago in 1960 and her M.A. (1962) and Ph.D. (1966) in the history of science at Harvard University, and is currently Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor of Mathematics at Pitzer College. She previously taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her book The Origins of Cauchy's Rigorous Calculus explores the background in which the limit definition was developed. Another book on the work of Joseph Louis Lagrange discusses related material.
She is married to fellow mathematician Sandy Grabiner of Pomona College.
Awards and honors
- Grabiner, Judith V. (1981). The Origins of Cauchy's Rigorous Calculus. Dover (reprint); orig. MIT Press. viii+252 p. ISBN 0-486-43815-5.
- Grabiner, Judith V. (2010). A Historian Looks Back: The Calculus as Algebra and Selected Writings. MAA Spectrum. MAA. pp. xv+287 p. ISBN 978-0-88385-572-0.
- Ronald Calinger (1 January 1996). Vita Mathematica: Historical Research and Integration with Teaching. Cambridge University Press. p. 340. ISBN 978-0-88385-097-8.
- Mathematical Association of America – Carl B. Allendoerfer Awards
- Mathematical Association of America – Judith Grabiner Wins MAA's Ford Award for the Fourth Time
- List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-19.
- Mathematical Association of America – Beckenbach Book Prize
- Waterhouse, William C. (1982). "Review: The origins of Cauchy's rigorous calculus, by Judith V. Grabiner; and Équations différentielles ordinaires: Ordinary differential equations, by Augustin Louis Cauchy" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 7 (3): 634–638. doi:10.1090/S0273-0979-1982-15075-3.