Digital Repository Spotlights President Emeritus Ray Bowen's Textbooks

Marketing and Communications | June 24, 2011

President Emeritus Ray Bowen has republished his popular textbooks on mechanical engineering and on applied mathematics, thanks to the Digital Repository of the Texas A&M University Libraries.

A retired professor of mechanical engineering, Bowen serves as chairman of the National Science Board. He also enjoys the distinction of being one of the most frequently downloaded authors in the Digital Repository. His Introduction to Vectors and Tensors, Volume 1 was originally published more than 30 years ago and has enjoyed a resurgence thanks to digital publishing options, such as the Texas A&M Digital Repository.

Bowen praised the Digital Repository, which promotes scholarly publishing and access online.

“It’s been a wonderful thing to let people know I’ve revised these books and they are available if you Google me,” he commented.

“The repository extends the reach of faculty scholarship and teaching, especially when important works such as Dr. Bowen’s textbooks on applied mathematics are out of print,” explained Holly Mercer, head of the Digital Services and Scholarly Communication. “We encourage faculty and students to store their work in the repository and make it readily accessible to a broader audience,” she added.

Bowen’s work is featured in the first of a series spotlighting scholarly projects in the Digital Repository. Visitors can also listen to an audio clip of Bowen discussing the value of the repository to his work.