George F. Simmons


George Finlay Simmons (March 3, 1925[1] – August 6, 2019)[2][3] was an American mathematician who worked in topology and classical analysis. He is known as the author of widely used textbooks on university mathematics.

Life edit

He was born on 3 March 1925 in Austin, Texas.

He received his BS degree from California Institute of Technology in 1946. He received his MS degree from University of Chicago in 1948. After finishing his PhD from Yale University in 1957, he joined Colorado College as a lecturer.[4]

From 1957 to his death in 2019, he taught at a number of universities, which include Williams College, the University of Rhode Island, Yale University, the University of Maine, and the University of Chicago.[5]

Quotes edit

In the algebra preface of his book Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell, Professor George F. Simmons wrote that the New Math produced students who had "heard of the commutative law, but did not know the multiplication table."[6]

Selected publications edit

Some of his books are:

  • Introduction to Topology and Modern Analysis (1963)[7]
  • Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes (1972, 1991, 2016)[8]
  • Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell (1981)[9]
  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry (1985, 1996)[10]
  • Calculus Gems: Brief Lives and Memorable Mathematics (1992)[11]

References edit

  1. ^ WWII Draft Registration Card
  2. ^ "Simmons, George F. 1925- (George Finlay) [WorldCat Identities]". Worldcat.
  3. ^ "Professor Emeritus of Mathematics George Simmons Passes Away - Colorado College". 7 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Mathematician:George Finlay Simmons – ProofWiki".
  5. ^ "Professor George Simmons • Mathematics & Computer Science Colorado College". Archived from the original on 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  6. ^ Simmons, George F. (2003). "Algebra – Introduction". Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell: Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry: Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry. Wipf and Stock Publishers. p. 33. ISBN 9781592441303.
  7. ^ Reviews of Introduction to Topology and Modern Analysis:
    • Perry Smith, The Journal of Symbolic Logic, doi:10.2307/2271489, JSTOR 2271489
    • Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews
    • Arthur E. Danese, The American Mathematical Monthly, doi:10.2307/2313284, JSTOR 2313284
  8. ^ Reviews of Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes:
    • Angela Slavova, Zbl 1366.34001
    • S. H. Cox Jr., The American Mathematical Monthly, doi:10.2307/2319827, JSTOR 2319827
    • Norman Schaumberger, The Mathematics Teacher, JSTOR 27958990
    • R. M. Redheffer, The American Mathematical Monthly, doi:10.2307/2318518, JSTOR 2318518
    • Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews
  9. ^ Review of Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell: T. Bunting, The Mathematical Gazette, doi:10.2307/3616866, JSTOR 3616866
  10. ^ Review of Calculus with Analytic Geometry: Underwood Dudley, The American Mathematical Monthly
  11. ^ Reviews of Calculus Gems:
    • Jeanne Ramirez Mather, The Mathematics Teacher, JSTOR 20876153
    • William Waters, American Scientist, JSTOR 29774758
    • David J. Pengelley, The American Mathematical Monthly, doi:10.2307/2975640, JSTOR 2975640