Biography:William P. Byers

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William Paul Byers (born 1943) is a Canadian mathematician and philosopher; professor emeritus in mathematics and statistics at Concordia University in Montreal , Canada.

He completed a BSc ('64), and an MSc ('65) from McGill University, and obtained his PhD ('69) from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation, Anosov Flows, was supervised by Stephen Smale.[1]

His area of interests include dynamical systems and the philosophy of mathematics.


Byers is the author of three books on mathematics:

  • How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematics (Princeton University Press, 2007)[2]
  • The Blind Spot: Science and the Crisis of Uncertainty (Princeton University Press, 2011)[3]
  • Deep Thinking: What Mathematics Can Teach Us About the Mind (World Scientific, 2015)[4]

See also

  • List of people from Montreal


  1. William P. Byers at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. Reviews of How Mathematicians Think:
  3. Reviews of The Blind Spot:
  4. Review of Deep Thinking:

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