“Professor Ferdinand Hassler of West Point and Union College,” colloquium, Union College, 30 September 2008.
Ferdinand Hassler (1770-1843) was a remarkable individual. He learned surveying in his native Switzerland before coming to the United States with his remarkable library. He taught mathematics at the United States Military Academy from 1807 to 1809 and while teaching started to write the first analytic trigonometry book published in the U.S. Then he taught at Union College for a year. From 1815 to 1817 and also from 1832 to 1843 he was Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Survey. His scientific work was very important in the development of the United States. In addition to his scientific accomplishments, he was a colorful and idiosyncratic individual. In closing we will identify his great-great-grandson. PowerPoint.
“201 years of mathematics at West Point,” Faculty Development Workshop, USMA, 15 July 2008.