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Sloan E. Despeaux

Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Dr. Sloan Despeaux


Phone: 828-227-3825
Office Address: Stillwell 471


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Virginia
  • M.S., Mathematics, Florida State University
  • B.A., Mathematics, Francis Marion University

Areas of Interest:
History of Science and History of Mathematics (in particular, nineteenth-century mathematics, mathematicians, and scientific journals in Britain).

Selected Publications:

  • History of Algebra in the 19th and 20th Centuries, ed. Jeremy Gray and Karen Hunger Parshall (Providence: American Mathematical Society and London: London Mathematical Society, 2007).
  • " ‘Very Full of Symbols’: Duncan F. Gregory, the Calculus of Operations, and the Cambridge Mathematical Journal," in "Launching Mathematical Research without a Formal Mandate: The Role of University Affiliated Journals in Britain, 1837-1870," Historia Mathematica, 34 (1) (2007): 89-106.
  • "Mathematics Sent Across the Channel and the Atlantic: Nineteenth-Century British Mathematical Contributions to International Scientific Journals," Annals of Science 65 (1) (2008): 73-99.
  • "Mathematical Societies and Journals," in Mathematics in Victorian Britain, ed. Raymond Flood, Adrian Rice, and Robin Wilson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Courses Taught:

  • MATH 101 Mathematical Concepts
  • MATH 145 Trigonometry
  • MATH 146 Precalculus
  • MATH 153 Calculus I
  • MATH 170 Applied Statistics
  • MATH 250 Introduction to Logic and Proof
  • MATH 256 Calculus III
  • MATH 361 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
  • MATH 301 History of the Scientific Revolution
  • MATH 400/500 History of Mathematics
  • MATH 461/561 Abstract Algebra
  • MATH 507 Survey of Algebra
  • MATH 661 Applied Abstract Algebra
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