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John Greenberg

Full name

John Leonard Greenberg

Alternative names

John L. Greenberg

Presence at Shimer


Presence on Earth

1945–2004 [1]


Shimer College 1966


University of Wisconsin 1979


Mount Carroll period alum

John Greenberg was a student at Shimer College during the Mount Carroll period, listed with the class year of 1966.

Brief descriptionEdit

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John L. Greenberg (1945–2004) was a scholar of the history of science and mathematics, best known for his work on the development of French mathematical thought in the 18th century. Apart from a three-year stint at the Caltech archives, Greenberg never held a conventional academic post, but published numerous influential papers and one book, The Problem of the Earth's Shape from Newton to Clairaut: The Rise of Mathematical Science in Eighteenth-Century Paris and the Fall of 'Normal' Science (1995). Greenberg suffered from a severe form of multiple sclerosis, which left him quadriplegic for the last ten years of his life. He received his undergraduate education at Shimer College, a small college with a Great Books curriculum that would profoundly influence his career. He followed this with a master's degree from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. (from Shimer College Wiki)





  • I. Grattan-Guinness, "In Memoriam: John Greenberg (1945–2004)", Historia Mathematica 32 (2005) 1–3
  • I. Grattan-Guinness & Daniel Siegel, "Eloge: John L. Greenberg, 1945–2004", Isis 96:4 (December 2005), 609-611


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