UM Professor Publishes Compilation in Honor of Pioneering Mathematician

August 17, 2017

MISSOULA – A University of Montana professor has a published a new compilation of essays celebrating Reuben Hersh, the pioneering mathematician best known for advocating the humanist philosophy of mathematics.

Bharath Sriraman, professor of mathematical sciences at UM, curated and edited “Humanizing Mathematics and its Philosophy: Essays Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Reuben Hersh.” The Festschrift (a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar and presented during their lifetime) contains colorful and eclectic essays from well-known mathematicians, logicians and linguists that offer a glimpse into Hersh’s mind and his lasting influence on the mathematical community. The book’s first chapter features an interview Sriraman conducted with Hersh about his childhood, education and the evolution of his mathematical philosophy.

“Reuben is a very unusual, and fascinating, human being,” Sriraman said. “He has influenced two generations of mathematicians – many applied mathematicians and many philosophers – to develop a new philosophy of mathematics called the humanistic philosophy. I wanted to capture this through the eyes of those keenly affected by him and his work.”

The book, published by Springer Publishing imprint Birkhauser Basel, will be available for purchase on Friday, Sept. 1, at http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319612300. For more information, call Sriraman at 406-243-6714 or email bharath.sriraman@umontana.edu.

Contact: Bharath Sriraman, UM mathematical sciences professor, 406-243-6714, bharath.sriraman@umontana.edu.