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Name  Michael Mahoney

Education  Princeton University
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Died  2008, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Books  Histories of Computing, The Mathematical Career of Pierre de Fermat, 1601-1665

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.

Fermat biography

Mahoney's biography of Pierre de Fermat received much critical attention including a scathing review by André Weil in 1973. A second edition of Mahoney's book came out in 1994.

Selected publications

  • 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.
  • References

    Michael Sean Mahoney Wikipedia

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