Book Published: Steele, Ed., et al "The Circulation of Astronomical Knowledge in the Ancient World"

We are pleased to share with you  information about a just-published book edited by John Steele, with contributions by many of our department members:  Yuzhen Guan, M. Willis Monroe, Matthew Rutz, Zackary Wainer and our former Post-Doc Andreas Winkler.  See  or  go to the publisher's bage at    

(Distributed April 28, 2016)

Zackary Wainer, PhD

Defense Team:

Zackary Wainer successfully defended his dissertaion Monday, April 4, and the Egyptology and Assyriology Department happily gathered to congratulate him.  We join his family in celebrating his achievements and in wishing him the very best going forward.  Well Done, Zack!

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(Distributed April 6, 2016)

Newest Tenured Professor


We are delighted to share with you that Laurel Bestock has been promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, effective July 1, 2016.  Well deserved for her scholarship, enthusiasm and teaching excellence, as well as her service to the department and university.  We are lucky to have her with us and extend our sincere congratulations for this milestone.  Additionally, it should be noted that Laurel must have had the Fountain of Youth elixir in her goblet, she looks exactly as she did in her senior year at Brown '98-'99!LB 1998LB 1998

(Distributed March 3, 2016)

Celebrating Otto Neugebauer (click here for more text)

The life and work of Otto Neugebauer (1899-1990), founder of Brown's Department of History of Mathematics and recipient of Brown's most prestigious honor, the Rosenberger medal, in 1987, is examined in a newly published book, A Mathematicians Journey's: Otto Neugebauer and Modern Transformations of Ancient Science, co-edited by the department's John Steele.

(Distributed February 10, 2016)
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