Lao Genevra Simons: Fabre and Mathematics
and other Essays, published by Scripta Mathematica, Yeshiva College, 1939,
The Scripta Mathematica Library, Number Four.
This little booklet of Simons from 1939 provides some insight
into the teaching of mathematics at the end of the eighteenth century,
the influence of the French mathematicians.
For the history of the teaching of mathematics at Harvard, see the
page on Bowditch and
Benjamin Peirce, a graduate of Harvard
in 1829 and later professor at that college. Simons says about
Benjamin Peirce: He was the first American mathematician.
Turn to this page to read about Pierce as an
author of algebra books. The short stories in
colonial geometry are interesting and sometimes amusing.
One can read about the
duties of the teaching staff,
some extracts of some theses or why so many books from the library
disappeared.

