You may have noticed a new mural in the Dining Hall this week. The image was created by TAF Design Studio in Northampton, Mass. Designer James Hindle was inspired by our founder John Gale Hun.
Dr. Hun, a graduate of Williams College and Johns Hopkins University, was a renowned Princeton University math professor and tutor. He believed that if you got to know someone personally you could teach them anything. It was this premise that prompted Dr. Hun to open The Princeton Math School, a tutoring school which later became The Hun School of Princeton.
In collaboration with Charles Ranald MacInnes, Dr. Hun wrote several widely-used math books, including Plane and Spherical Trigonometry, c. New York, Macmillan, 1911. The mural includes the graphs of sine (solid curve) and cosine (dotted curve) derived from Dr. Hun’s book. (See above, p. 21.) You can see the degree measures for which the sine and cosine have equal ratios by where the graphs intersect. Bonus points for anyone who can plot the bend in the shield, which is 135 degrees, on the graph.
Coincidentally, the mural was installed on the eve of Dr. Hun’s birthday - November 21st.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.