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Tom Mike Apostol (born 1923) is an American analytic number theorist who teaches at the California Institute of Technology.

He was born in Helper, Utah in 1923. His mother, Efrosini Papathanasopoulos, was a mail-order bride from Greece.[1] His father, Emmanouil Apostolopoulos, was a Greek immigrant who traveled to the United States in 1916. His name was shortened to Mike Apostol when he became an American citizen. Tom inherited this shortened name.

Apostol received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and Master's degree in mathematics from the University of Washington. He received his PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1948,[2] after which he taught there, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of several influential graduate and undergraduate-level textbooks.

He is a well-known teacher. He is the creator and project director for Project MATHEMATICS! producing videos which explore basic topics in high school mathematics. He has helped proselytize the Visual Calculus devised by Mamikon Mnatsakanian with whom he also written a number of papers. He also provided academic content for the acclaimed video lecture series on introductory physics, The Mechanical Universe.

On Feb. 20 2001 he was also elected in the Greek Academy (


* Mathematical Analysis: A modern approach to advanced calculus ISBN 0-201-00288-4
* Introduction to Analytic Number Theory, (1976) Springer-Verlag, New York. ISBN 0-387-90163-9
* Modular Functions and Dirichlet Series in Number Theory, (1990) Springer-Verlag, New York. ISBN 0-387-90185-X
* Calculus, Volume 1, One-Variable Calculus with an Introduction to Linear Algebra ISBN 0-471-00005-1
* Calculus, Volume 2, Multi-Variable Calculus and Linear Algebra with Applications ISBN 0-471-00007-8


1. ^ Albers, Donald J. (1997). "An Interview with Tom Apostol". The College Mathematics Journal 28, No. 4: 250-270.
2. ^ Tom M. Apostol at the Mathematics Genealogy Project


* Tom M. Apostol, Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, Caltech

* A VISUAL Approach to CALCULUS problems



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