William Dunham (mathematician)

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William Wade Dunham (born 1947) is an American writer who was originally trained in topology but became interested in the history of mathematics and specializes in Leonhard Euler. He has received several awards for writing and teaching on this subject.[1]


Dunham received his B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969, his M.S. from Ohio State in 1970, and his Ph.D. from the same institution in 1974.


Dunham won the American Association of Publishers’ award for writing the Best Mathematics Book of 1994 for his book The Mathematical Universe.[1] In his book Euler: The Master of Us All, he examines Leonhard Euler's impressive mathematical work.[2][3] He received a Lester R. Ford Award in 2006 for his expository article Touring the Calculus.[4]

In 2007, Dunham gave a lecture about Euler's product-sum formula and its relationship to analytic number theory, as well as discussed Euler's evaluation of a non-trivial integral at the celebration of "Year of Euler" by the Euler Society.[5] He published a chapter "Euler and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra" in the book The Genius of Euler published in 2007 to commemorate the 300th birthday of Euler.[6][7]



  1. ^ a b "William Dunham". www.passhema.org. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  2. ^ Dunham, Willam. Euler: The Master of Us All - Google Book Search. books.google.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  3. ^ Wagner, Clifford (July 2007). "Review of Euler: The Master of Us All by William Dunham". Mathematical Association of America. 
  4. ^ Dunham, William (2005). "Touring the Calculus". Amer. Math. Monthly 112: 1–19. doi:10.2307/30037380. 
  5. ^ "MathFest Highlight: William Dunham Presents Euler in Three Acts". www.maa.org. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  6. ^ Dunham, William. The genius of Euler: reflections on ... - Google Book Search. books.google.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  7. ^ Bradley, Rob (25 February 2007). "Review of The Genius of Euler edited by William Dunham". Mathematical Association of America. 
  8. ^ Dembart, Lee (May 15, 1990). "Review: Journey Through Genius by William Dunham". LA Times. 
  9. ^ Katz, Victor (2006). "Review of The Calculus Gallery by William Dunham; and Musings of the Masters edited by Raymond G. Ayoub". The American Scientist: 83–84. 

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