A Century of Mathematics in America, Part 1

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American Mathematical Soc., 1989 - Mathematics - 477 pages
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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. To download free chapters of this book, click here.
 

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Contents

The Beginnings of The American Mathematical Society
13
Thomas S Fiske and Charles S Peirce
41
Luther Pfahler Eisenhart
57
Some Mathematical Reminiscences
79
Memories of Bygone Meetings
93
Oswald Veblen
119
Refugee Mathematicians in the United States of America
175
Reminiscences of a Mathematical Immigrant in the U S
201
Mathematics and Mathematicians in WWII
303
A Brief History of the Computer
311
Concepts and Categories in Perspective
323
Mathematical Biography
367
American Differential GeometrySome Personal Notes
375
Reminiscences of Forty Years as a Mathematician
405
The Purge
413
The Use of Mathematics
429

The European Mathematicians Migration to America
231
Irving Kaplansky
245
A Half Century of Reviewing
265
The Mathematical Sciences and World War Service
275
Reminiscences of Bletchley Park 19421945
291
Algorithmic Themes
439
The Classification of the Finite Simple Groups
447
Acknowledgments
477
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