Jens Høyrup

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Jens Egede Høyrup , often quoted in English as Jens Hoyrup (born October 22, 1943 in Copenhagen ), is a Danish mathematician.


Høyrup studied physics and mathematics in Copenhagen from 1962 to 1969 (also at the Niels Bohr Institute and in 1965/66 at the Henri Poincaré Institute in Paris ), with a focus on theoretical physics. In 1969 he completed his studies (as a Danish cand. Scient.) With a thesis on theoretical elementary particle physics and was assistant professor (Danish adjunct ) for physics at the Danish Engineering Academy from 1971 to 1973 . From 1973 he was initially a lecturer and from 1989 lecturer (Danish docent ) for the history and philosophy of science at the University of Roskilde , most recently at the Institute for Philosophy and Theory of Science. In 1995 he completed his habilitation (Danish dr. Phil.). He has been professor emeritus since 2005. He lives partly in Rome . In 2004/05 he stayed at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In 2008/09 he was the Sarton Chair of History of Science at Ghent University .

Høyrup is an internationally recognized expert on Babylonian mathematics (where, among other things, he wrote the corresponding contributions to the new edition of Pauly-Wissowa and the Cambridge History of Science). He also deals with other topics related to the history of mathematics, such as the Italian arithmetic tradition (abacus mathematics) of the Middle Ages and early modern times and its Islamic roots, but also with philosophical and sociological questions on mathematics and the history of science. He argues, for example, that the Babylonians' early arithmetic emerged from the process of state formation. With Bernhelm Booß-Bavnbek, he also published a book on the relationship between mathematicians and war (military).

He is a member of the International Academy for the History of Science. From 1998 to 2006 he was a member of the Danish National Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science. He is co-editor of Historia Mathematica and Revue d'Histoire des Mathématiques. Since the 1980s he has been a reviewer for the history and sociology of mathematics at Mathematical Reviews and Zentralblatt MATH . In 2013 he received the Kenneth O. May Prize .


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