Math Tutor Receives a Prestigious Award

Our outstanding mathematics tutor, Glen van Brummelen, has received the Mathematical Association of America’s Pacific Northwest Teaching Award. This award is given out annually to a mathematics professor from across the Pacific Northwest, which happens to be the largest geographic section of the MAA (including over 130 colleges and universities from Oregon to Alaska). This also puts Glen in the running for the national Mathematical Association of America teaching award.

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For those who do not know, Glen van Brummelen, is a historian of mathematics, especially trigonometry and astronomy in ancient Greece and medieval islam. He is president of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (2012-14), and governor-at-large for Canadian members of the Mathematical Association of America (2013-16).

Glen is the author of 30 scholarly and 15 encyclopedia articles, he is also the co-editor of Mathematics and the Historian’s Craft (Springer). In addition, Glen has published three books, which can be found in our Quest library. One book important to highlight is The Mathematics of the Heaven and Earth: The Early History of Trigonometry, which is the first the first book in over a century that covers a topic like the history of trigonometry.

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Glen, throughout his career, has taught mathematics at small liberal arts colleges. He has taught 30 different courses, including traditional math courses, but also mathematics and music, mathematics and democracy, and mathematics and computer graphics.

Glen van Brummelen is an avid soccer player and has played on the college teams at his two previous colleges. The past 20 years he has been undefeated at chess with a record 2-0. If you’re wondering how this is possible, well Glen says “the key is to choose one’s opponents carefully.”

Glen has done all of us proud, and his award is worth celebrating. As a Quest student I feel honoured that I have had the opportunity to have tutors like him at Quest, whom have been winning prestigious awards throughout the world.



  1. Taylar

    About the missing nabla: I’m cuirous about what’s going awry, but I don’t have much to go on. The equation continues to display correctly on my system, in various browsers (Firefox, Safari, Opera, Camino). Could anyone with an invisible nabla—or other failures—give some more details? In particular, are you using the LaTeX fonts or images or Unicode? (See the jsMath control panel.)In the , the only entry that seems possibly relevant is this one:In Safari on the Mac using the image fonts, the first time a character is loaded, it may not display properly on screen (you may just get an empty frame with no character inside). If you resize the window slightly (or reload it), the characters should show up properly. As of v2.1, jsMath tries to overcome this by joggling the window slightly after the page is loaded, but the timing of this might not be appropriate for all situations, and you may need to resize the window yourself.

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