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A Century of Mathematics in America: Part 1
Edited by: Peter Duren, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

History of Mathematics
1988; 477 pp; softcover
Volume: 1
Reprint/Revision History:
reprinted with corrections 1989; third printing 1992
ISBN-10: 0-8218-0124-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-0124-6
List Price: US$91
Member Price: US$72.80
Order Code: HMATH/1
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In the 100 years since the founding of the AMS, the American mathematical community has grown from a small group heavily dependent on European mathematicians to a large and influential group that in many areas sets the standard for the rest of the world. By the 1930s, there was a flourishing mathematical community to welcome the influx of mathematicians fleeing Europe. This volume, the first in the History of Mathematics series, brings together a variety of perspectives on the political, social, and mathematical forces that have shaped the American mathematical community in the past century.

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Table of Contents

  • T. S. Fiske -- Mathematical progress in America; The beginnings of the American Mathematical Society, Reminiscences of Thomas Scott Fiske
  • J. L. Synge -- For the 100th birthday of the American Mathematical Society
  • G. E. Andrews -- J. J. Sylvester, Johns Hopkins, and Partitions
  • C. Eisele -- Thomas S. Fiske and Charles S. Peirce
  • S. Lefschetz -- Luther Pfahler Eisenhart
  • D. V. Widder -- Some mathematical reminiscences
  • S. C. Kleene -- The role of logical investigations in mathematics since 1930
  • R. P. Boas -- Memories of bygone meetings
  • H. Whitney -- Moscow 1935: Topology moving toward America
  • D. Montgomery -- Oswald Veblen
  • P. R. P. R. Halmos -- Some books of Auld Lang Syne
  • N. Reingold -- Refugee mathematicians in the United States of America, 1933-1941: Reception and reaction
  • S. Lefschetz -- Reminiscences of a mathematical immigrant in the U.S.
  • I. Niven -- The threadbare thirties
  • L. Bers -- The European mathematicians' migration to America
  • I. Kaplansky -- Abraham Adrian Albert
  • D. H. Lehmer -- A half century of reviewing
  • G. B. Price -- American mathematicians in WWI; American mathematicians in War service
  • M. Rees -- The mathematical sciences and World War service
  • P. Hilton -- Reminiscences of Bletchley Park, 1942-45
  • J. B. Rosser -- Mathematics and mathematicians in WWII
  • H. H. Goldstine -- A brief history of the computer
  • S. Mac Lane -- Concepts and categories in perspective
  • M. Hall, Jr. -- Mathematical biography
  • S.-S. Chern -- merican differential geometry--some personal notes
  • G. B. Price -- The mathematical scene, 1940-1965
  • W. S. Massey -- Reminiscences of forty years as a mathematician
  • C. Davis -- The purge
  • R. W. Hamming -- The use of mathematics
  • D. E. Knuth -- Algorithmic themes
  • D. Gorenstein -- The classification of the finite simple groups, a personal journey: The early years.
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