Editorial Board


Douglas R. Furman

Douglas R. Furman is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Department at the State University of New York, Ulster. He received a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University. After several years of working as a telecommunications engineer he received an M.S.T. degree in mathematics from Florida Atlantic University. He has taught at both the high school and college level. He has led two academic travel abroad tours to Greece, Turkey and Southern Italy (2010) and Northern Italy (2011), as part of a History of Mathematics course. He co-edited Writing the History of Mathematical Notation: 1483-1700 (Docent Press, 2015). His current interests include reading original sources in the history of mathematics.

V. Frederick Rickey

V. Frederick Rickey, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, is a logician turned historian. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame with a dissertation dealing with the type theories of Lesniewski. Besides several papers in this area, he is an editor of Lesniewski’s Systems: Ontology and Mereology (1984) and Stanislaw Lesniewski: Collected Works (1992). He served as an editor of The Philosopher’s Index, and as editor-in-chief of the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic.

After Notre Dame, Rickey took a position in the Mathematics Department at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he rose through the ranks to become, in 1992, one of four Distinguished Teaching Professors at the university. In 1998 he moved to West Point, continuing his research focus on the history of the calculus and the use of history in teaching mathematics. He is co-editor of A Station Favorable to the Pursuits of Science: Primary Materials in the History of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy (2000). Currently he is writing a volume on the history of the mathematics department at West Point and another dealing with George Washington’s cyphering books.

He served as chair of the Americas Section of the International Study Group for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics (HPM). While he was a visiting mathematician at the MAA Headquarters he was involved in the founding of Math Horizons. He was co-director of the Institute for the History of Mathematics and Its Use in Teaching and served as the first chair of HOMSIGMA.

In 1998 he received the George Pòlya Award in 1988 for his article “Isaac Newton: Man, Myth, and Mathematics.” In 1993 he was in the first group of recipients of the MAA’s national Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. He has received several medals from the Army.

Daniel E. Geer, Jr., Sc. D.

Daniel E. Geer, Jr., Sc. D.  Milestones: The X Window System and Kerberos (1988), the first information security consulting firm on Wall Street (1992), convenor of the first academic conference on electronic commerce (1995), the “Risk Management is Where the Money Is” speech that changed the focus of security (1998), the Presidency of USENIX Association (2000), the first call for the eclipse of authentication by accountability (2002), principal author of and spokesman for “Cyberinsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly” (2003), co-founder of SecurityMetrics.Org (2004), convener of MetriCon (2006-present), author of “Economics & Strategies of Data Security” (2008), and  author of “Cybersecurity & National Policy” (2010). Creator of the Index of Cyber Security (2011) and the Cyber Security Decision Market (2011). Six times entrepreneur. Five times before Congress.

Ron Doerfler

Ron Doerfler is a Fellow Systems Engineer for the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He received B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Illinois College and an M.S. degree in Physics from the University of Illinois. He is the author of a book on mental calculation, Dead Reckoning: Calculating Without Instruments (Gulf Publishing, 1993) and co-author of Calculating Curves: The Mathematics, History and Aesthetic Appeal of T.H. Gronwall’s Nomographic Work (Docent Press, 2012). He also writes essays on the history of science for his blog titled Dead Reckonings: Lost Art in the Mathematical Sciences.

Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, Ph.D.

Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, Ph.D. is Curator of Mathematics at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her undergraduate degree in physics is from Grinnell College and her doctorate in history of science from Yale. Working with talented colleagues, she has co-authored books on the history of digital computing devices and on the use of objects in American mathematics teaching, Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000 with Amy Ackerberg-Hastings and David Lindsay Roberts (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).  She is now exploring the complex story of mathematical recreations in the United States.

Mary J. Cronin

Mary J. Cronin is a Professor of Information Systems at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College.  She received her doctorate at Brown University, where she currently serves on the Advisory Committee on Computing and Information Technology.  Her latest book, Smart Products, Smarter Services: Strategies for Embedded Control (Cambridge, 2010), focuses on intelligent, connected products.  Earlier books, including Doing Business on the Internet and Unchained Value, analyze the evolution of e-commerce, wireless and online services. Dr. Cronin is a member of the editorial board of Electronic Markets and MedHealth World.

Docent Press publishes original books focused on the history of mathematics and computing.

Our current and forthcoming titles encompass biographic studies of major figures such as Bertrand Russell, Charles S. Peirce and Mina Rees as well as histories of mathematical topics such as nomography, recursive functions and computability, the mediant, and mathematical education.