To launch the year-long festivities celebrating the Society's 125th Anniversary, the AMS invited its members and friends to a celebratory dinner at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego. Gourmet food stations and music complemented the special program. See slideshows and read about all the AMS 125th events at JMM, including a flash mob organized by students from the AMS Grad Student Blog (watch the video).
See videos from the gala of Ron Stern, Chairman of the AMS Board of Trustees, recognizing President Eric M.Friedlander as he neared the end of his term, and Secretary Robert J. Daverman, who was also nearing the end of his service. Finally, AMS founder Thomas Fiske came out of retirement to make an appearance.
Other special events in 2013 included a cake-cutting in the AMS exhibit booth at MathFest, special book sales at AMS sectional meetings, and an Open House at AMS headquarters in Providence.
To celebrate the Society's founding, the special AMS 125th fundraising campaign continues for much needed AMS programs and activities that benefit the mathematics community. Take action now.
The history of mathematics during the past 125 years is documented in AMS books, in the vast archive of AMS research journals, in Notices and Bulletin of the AMS, and in reviews on MathSciNet®. The AMS Prizes & Awards section of the AMS website is a wonderful tribute to the important contributions of eminent mathematicians from around the world. Here are a few resources for AMS history:
Free online books on AMS history (Semicentennial History of the American Mathematical Society, 1888–1938, by Raymond Clare Archibald and History of the Second Fifty Years, American Mathematical Society, 1939–1988, by Everett Pitcher)
The AMS continues to advance the profession through travel grants, new prizes/awards, upcoming AMS sectional, international, and national meetings, and programs that bring young mathematicians into the pipeline and help early-career mathematicians.
The AMS thanks all its members, leaders, staff and volunteers, and looks forward to more milestones over the next 125 years!