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Celebrating 100 Years of Meetings: History and Reminiscences
Selected Lectures
1995; 120 minutes; VHS
ISBN-10: 0-8218-0408-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-0408-7
List Price: US$54.95
Individual Members: US$43.96
Institutional Members: US$41.21
Order Code: VIDEO/95
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This videotape contains edited versions of presentations made at the Special Session "Meetings of Mathematicians" held during the 100th meeting of the AMS in Cincinnati in January 1994. Rich with history and sparkling with humor, the tape features reminiscences by distinguished elders of the mathematical community. Some of the highlights include a vivid history of the landmark World Congress of Mathematics of 1896; fascinating portraits of Hilbert, Levi-Civita, and Wiener; a sobering look at incidents of racism and sexism associated with AMS meetings; and some spirited suggestions for events for future meetings. Accessible to a general audience and requiring no mathematical background, this lively and touching program will appeal to anyone with a fondness for the history of mathematics.

Table of Contents

  • P. T. Bateman -- Organizing an Annual Meeting
  • W. L. Duren, Jr. -- The most urgent problem for the mathematics profession
  • W. Kaplan -- Travel and study in Europe in the mid-thirties
  • I. Kra -- Creating an American mathematical tradition: The extended Ahlfors-Bers family
  • L. Lorch -- Meetings and their context
  • S. M. Lane -- How meetings have supported and can support mathematics
  • R. J. Newman -- A century of progress in mathematics
  • K. H. Parshall -- Come to the fair: The Chicago Mathematical Congress of 1893
  • E. Pitcher -- 1894 and beyond. Early Meetings
  • G. B. Price -- Contributions of the 1893 Columbian exposition to mathematics
  • P. K. Rees -- Mathematicians I have known
  • K. A. Ross -- The evolution of joint meetings
  • A. T. Schafer -- Women mathematicians in the AMS
  • D. J. Struik -- Some mathematicians I have met
  • B. Stubblefield -- Motivating interest in, attendance at, and participation in, various mathematics meetings
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