Graeme D. Bird, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University
Graeme Bird earned his BA and MA in Classics and Mathematics in New Zealand before obtaining a Bachelor of Divinity degree from London University. He came to the United States in 1981 to pursue his interest in jazz piano, gaining his BMus from Berklee College of Music. He then taught high school Latin and mathematics before receiving his MA in Linguistics and PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard University. Bird has been teaching MATH E-3 (Quantitative Reasoning) for Harvard Extension School since 1986, and MATH E-6 (Mathematics and the Greeks) for about fifteen years. He began teaching in Harvard Summer School in 2018. He also teaches Linguistics and Classics at Gordon College and assists with the jazz band. Bird's interests include finding connections between the ancient Greeks and music, particularly the poetry of Homer and jazz improvisation; he also explores the ways in which the Greeks saw mathematics and music as a way of understanding the cosmos.


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