# Laura Turner, Ph.D.

- Associate Professor

**Department:** Mathematics

**Office:** Howard Hall 245

**Office Hours**: Mondays 3:00-4:00pm

Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm

Wednesdays 10:00-11:00am

(via Zoom)

**Phone:** 732-571-4451

**Email:** lturner@monmouth.edu

## Education

Ph.D., Aarhus University

MSc, Simon Fraser University

BSc, Acadia University

## Research Interests

### The History of Mathematics

My research treats the history of mathematics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In my work, I focus on not only the origin, evolution, and reception of mathematical ideas, but also on how mathematics is communicated (and to whom, and why), and the different ways in which mathematics is impacted by broader cultural, social, and political issues. I am particularly interested in the history of complex analysis in the advent of set theory; the histories of mathematical journals and congresses; the history of women in mathematics; and the internationalization and nationalization of mathematics around the time of the First World War.

More recently, I have been working on a project involving the origins of our axioms for various mathematical structures, and a related project concerning the ways in which axiom systems are connected to broader educational concerns in the early 1900s. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of mathematics, don’t hesitate to stop by my office!

## Courses

### Recently Taught Classes

#### 2024 Spring

#### 2023 Fall

- Calculus With Analytic Geometry I – MA 125
- Number Systems – MA 205
- Quantitative Reasoning and Problem Solving – MA 100

#### 2023 Spring

- Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II – MA 204
- History of Mathematics – MA 325
- Linear Algebra – MA 221

#### 2022 Fall

#### 2022 Spring

- Calculus With Analytic Geometry II – MA 126
- Foundations of Elementary Mathematics I – MA 203
- History of Mathematics – MA 325

#### 2021 Fall

- Calculus With Analytic Geometry I – MA 125
- Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II – MA 204
- Linear Algebra – MA 221