Joseph Dauben

Joseph Warren Dauben (born 29 December 1944, Santa Monica) is a Herbert H. Lehman Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.[1] He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

His fields of expertise are history of science, history of mathematics, the scientific revolution, sociology of science, intellectual history, 17-18th centuries, history of Chinese science, and the history of botany.


Dauben is a 1980 Guggenheim Fellow.[2]

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences (since 1982).[3]

Dauben is an elected member (1991) of the International Academy of the History of Science.[4] and an elected foreign member (2001) of German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.[5]

In 1985–1994 Dauben served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Commission on the History of Mathematics.[6]

Dauben delivered an invited lecture at the 1998 International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin on Karl Marx's mathematical work.[7]

The creator of non-standard analysis, Abraham Robinson was the subject of Dauben's 1998 book Abraham Robinson. It was reviewed positively by Moshé Machover, but the review noted that it avoids discussing any of Robinson's negative aspects, and "in this respect [the book] borders on the hagiographic, painting a portrait without warts."[8]

In 2002 Dauben became an honorary member of the Institute for History of Natural Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.[3][9]


Articles, reviews, and essays

  • 1985: "Abraham Robinson and Nonstandard Analysis: History, Philosophy, and Foundations of Mathematics", in William Aspray and Philip Kitcher, eds. History and Philosophy of Modern Mathematics, pages 177–200, Minnesota Studies in Philososphy of Science XI, University of Minnesota Press, 1988. Online here.
  • 1991: "La Matematica," in W. Shea editor, Storia delle Scienze. LeScienze Fisiche e Astronomiche (Milano: Banca Populare di Milan, and Einaudi, 1992) pp. 258–280
  • 1992: "Are There Revolutions in Mathematics?" in The Space of Mathematics (editors J. Echieverria, A. Ibarra and T. Mormann) (Berlin: De Gruyter), pp. 203–226.
  • 1992: "Conceptual Revolutions and the History of Mathematics: Two Studies in the Growth of Knowledge", Chapter 4 of D. Gillies, editor, Revolutions in Mathematics, Clarendon Press pp. 49–7l.
  • 1992: "Revolutions Revisited", Chapter 5 of D. Gillies, editor, Revolutions in Mathematics (Oxford: Clarendon Press), pp. 72–82.
  • 2008: "Suan shu shu. A book on numbers and computations", translated from the Chinese and with commentary by Joseph W. Dauben. Archive for History of Exact Sciences 62(2): 91–178.

See also


  1. DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORS. Archived 9 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine City University of New York. Accessed 28 May 2011
  2. Fellows Archived 21 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Accessed May 27, 2011
  3. Faculty profile, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Accessed 27 May 2011
  4. Joseph Warren Dauben, International Academy of the History of Science. Accessed 27 May 2011
  5. Academy members: Joseph W. Dauben Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Accessed 27 May 2011
  6. A Brief History of the International Commission on the History of Mathematics (ICHM). International Commission on History of Mathematics. Accessed 27 May 2011
  8. Machoover, Moshé (1996) "Review: Joseph Warren Dauben, Abraham Robinson: The Creation of Nonstandard Analysis: A Personal and Mathematical Odyssey, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47: 137-140
  9. New Faculty, 365 Fifth, April 2004, Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Accessed 27 May 2011
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