Fred Rickey's Home Page
I retired in the summer of 2011 for I could not get any work done while
working. Now I am devoting all my time to historical research. Here are
some of the projects that I am currently involved in:
Although retired from teaching (I no longer grade calculus exams!) I continue an active speaking schedule.
- The cyphering books that George Washington compiled as a teenager. My interest includes his work on surveying.
- History of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point. The
rather extensive web pages I have constructed on this topic are
research notes and not a finished product.
- The logical systems of Stanislaw Lesniewski. This was my first
area of research and I have returned to it in the past few years.
- The history of the calculus. I am especially interested in
finding ways to use history in the classroom to inspire and motivate
Awards and decorations:
- Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching, MAA,1993.
- Appointed Distinguished Teaching Professor, Bowling Green State University, 1992.
- Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Department of the Army, 1990.
- George Polya Award for Mathematical Exposition, MAA, 1988 for the paper "Isaac Newton: Man, Myth, and Mathematics," College Mathematics Journal, 18(1987), 362-389.
Here is the easiest way to reach me:
fred.rickey at me.com.
The URL of this page is
Before I retired, I had web pages and an email address at West
Point, but neither still exists. Most of the web pages have been moved
to this site using the same directory structure.