Academic work

Benjamin’s doctoral work on music and science resulted in the 2007 book Music, Experiment and Mathematics, and he followed it up with four volumes presenting key source texts in that area, dealing with the musical writings of John BirchenshaThomas SalmonJohn Wallis and René Descartes. He was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford for twelve years.

His textbook, How to Read Historical Mathematics, was one of Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2010, and is recommended reading for a number of history of mathematics courses in the UK and USA.

As part of his work on Charles Hutton he edited Hutton’s roughly 130 surviving letters and produced an online catalogue of Hutton’s library.

His 2016–18 research project on the early modern reception of Euclid’s Elements has resulted in a collection of essays on the practices of reading mathematics in the early modern world, and a catalogue of the early editions of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry.

A (selected) list of his books and papers can be found here.

Benjamin has previously served as secretary of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, editor of the British Journal for the History of Mathematics and organiser of various seminars and workshops in the history of mathematics. He is always happy to hear from prospective graduate students in history of mathematics.