Editors: Mark Huber, Claremont McKenna College
  Gizem Karaali, Pomona College
Welcome to the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, an online-only, open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Claremont Colleges Library and based at the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences. Please feel free to browse our website and add your email to our database if you would like to receive a Table of Contents announcement for each issue in your email.

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JHM is an online-only, open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Claremont Colleges Library. Our emphasis is on the aesthetic, cultural, historical, literary, pedagogical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological aspects of mathematics as a human endeavor. More broadly, we aim to provide a forum for both academic and informal discussions about matters mathematical.

Current Issue:
Volume 10 Issue 1 (January 2020)

Front Matter



Starting Our Decennial
Mark Huber and Gizem Karaali



College Students’ Images of Mathematicians and Mathematical Careers
Katrina Piatek-Jimenez, Miranda Nouhan, and Michaela Williams


The Mathematics of the Astrolabe and Its History
Graziano Gentili, Luisa Simonutti, and Daniele C. Struppa


From Carriage Wheels to Interest Rates: The Evolution of Word Problems in Algebra Textbooks from 1901 to Today
Jemma Lorenat, Elodie Arbogast, Ethan Baer, Carla Condori Bazan, Robert Bettinger, Emily Carpenter, Hiawatha Davis III, Derick Grant, Olivia Howe, Neil Kelley, Maya Minier, Naima Orozco-Valdivia, Alan Peck, Carolina Saavedra, Sumesh Shiwakoty, Hunter Sidel, Carter Stripp, Josephine Terrien, Simone Wolynski, and Leana Yearwood


Students Studying Students and Reasoning about Reasoning: A Qualitative Analysis
Salvatore J. Petrilli, Grant Clark, Nicholas DeMarco, Jack Esposito, Brianne Giuliano, Sara Greiss, Emily Harris, Alessia Merritts, Kyle Murray, Mateusz Piekut, Brian Seidl, Scott Shannon, Nicole Silva, Christina Sullivan, Brittany Willoughby, and Yile Zhou


The World of Mathematics


Surviving Mathematics
Nathalie M. Luna



The User's Guide Project: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Don Larson, Kristen Mazur, David White, and Carolyn Yarnall



Book Review

Poetry Folder


Statistical Poetry
Lawrence M. Lesser



Perfect (a poem)
Joseph Chaney


SIGINT signifier
Terry Trowbridge


The Master Oiler
Ernesto Estrada