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**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.

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]}

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]}

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]}

**^**WWII Draft Registration Card**^**"Simmons, George F. 1925- (George Finlay) [WorldCat Identities]".*Worldcat*.**^**"Professor Emeritus of Mathematics George Simmons Passes Away - Colorado College". 7 August 2019.**^**"Mathematician:George Finlay Simmons – ProofWiki".*proofwiki.org*.**^**"Professor George Simmons • Mathematics & Computer Science Colorado College".*coloradocollege.edu*. Archived from the original on 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2017-02-05.**^**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.**^**Reviews of*Introduction to Topology and Modern Analysis*:**^**Reviews of*Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes*:**^**Review of*Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell*: T. Bunting,*The Mathematical Gazette*, doi:10.2307/3616866, JSTOR 3616866**^**Review of*Calculus with Analytic Geometry*: Underwood Dudley,*The American Mathematical Monthly***^**Reviews of*Calculus Gems*: