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Michael J. Barany


This page is very out of date. Updates pending!


2022 - present Senior Lecturer in the History of Science, University of Edinburgh, Science Technology and Innovation Studies.
2018 (Nov) - 2022 Lecturer in the History of Science, University of Edinburgh, Science Technology and Innovation Studies.
2018 (Sept-Oct) NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Science in Human Culture Program.
2016-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College, Society of Fellows.


2012-2016 Princeton University, Program in History of Science. Doctor of Philosophy, History of Science. Advisor: Michael Gordin. Committee: Angela Creager, Philip Nord, David Aubin. Dissertation: `Distributions in Postwar Mathematics' [pdf, 2.5m].
2010-2012 Princeton University, Program in History of Science. Master of Arts, History of Science. General examination fields: Modern Science (Michael Gordin, major field), Modern Europe (Philip Nord), Historiography of Mathematics (Matthew Jones, Columbia University).
2009-2010 University of Edinburgh, UK. Master of Science in Science and Technology Studies (by Research) with distinction. Advisor: Donald MacKenzie. Dissertation: `Mathematical Research in Context' [pdf, 3.1m].
2009 (July) Central European University Summer University, Budapest, Hungary: `Mathematics and Narrative.'
2008-2009 St. John's College, University of Cambridge, UK. Master of Philosophy in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine. Advisor: Eleanor Robson. Dissertation: `Prehistories of Counting' [pdf, 210k].
2005-2008 Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, Ithaca, NY. Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, summa cum laude, and History, Sociology, and Philosophy of Mathematics (College Scholar Program), summa cum laude, with Distinction in All Subjects. Advisors: Robert Strichartz, Michael Lynch, Timothy Murray. Dissertation: `Proof and its Putting: Mathematics, Rigor, and Testimony' [pdf, 770k].
2007 (Jun-Aug) School of Criticism and Theory, Ithaca, NY: `Spinoza's Enlightenment and Rethinking the Romantic Turn' (Marjorie Levinson).
1999-2005 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN (concurrent with middle and high school). University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (1999-2003), Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (2003-2005), Institute of Technology Honors Program (2004-2005).


A list of my publications with links along with reviews and preprints where available is on my publications page.


Visiting Research Positions

Nov-Dec 2019 Algorithms, Models, and Formalisms project, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, IL.
Feb-Mar 2018 Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi Centre, New Delhi, India. Visiting Researcher, Statistics and Mathematics Unit, February-March 2018.
Feb 2018 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. Visiting Researcher, School of Mathematics, February 2018, by invitation of the Art and Archives Committee.
2014-2016 Universite de Montreal, Centre de Recherches Mathematiques. Visiting Researcher, coordinated by Liliane Beaulieu, Archives Henri Poincare.
Spring 2013 Institut de Mathematiques de Jussieu, Paris, France. Visiting Researcher, Project Histoire des Sciences Mathematiques, supervised by David Aubin.

Selected Scholarships and Fellowships

Selected Honors and Awards

Selected Research and Engagement Grants

Selected Professional Service and Leadership

Presentations, a very out of date list