R.L. Moore: Mathematician and Teacher

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MAA, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 387 pages
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R. L. Moore: Mathematician and Teacher presents a full and frank biography of a mathematician recognized as one of the principal figures in the 20th Century progression of the American school of point set topology. He was equally well known as creator of the Moore Method (no textbooks, no lectures, no conferring) in which there is a current and growing revival of interest and modified application under inquiry-based learning projects in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Parker draws on oral history, with first-person recollections from many leading figures in the American mathematics community of the last half-century. The story embraces some of the most famous and influential mathematical names in America and Europe from the late 1900s in what is undoubtedly a lively account of this controversial figure, once described as Mr. Chips with Attitude. He was the first American to become a Visiting Lecturer for the American Mathematical Society, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, published 68 papers and a book that is still referred to seventy years later and that has been the subject of literally hundreds of papers by other mathematicians around the globe. Three of Moore's students followed him as president of the American Mathematical Society, and three others became vice-presidents. Five served as president of the Mathematical Association of America, and three became members of the National Academy of Sciences.
 

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Contents

Of Richest Promise 18971902
19
On to Chicago 1903
39
A Veritable Hothouse 19031905
57
Uneasy Progress 19051908
73
A Settling Experience 19081916
91
Back to Texas 19161920
109
A Rewarding Decade 19201930
125
A Change of Direction 19301932
143
Class of 45 1945
207
Clash of the Titans 19441950
225
His Female Students
241
Moores Calculus 19451969
257
Changing Times 19531960
275
Axiomatics Continued 19531965
293
The Final Years 19651969
313
The Moore Genealogy Project
333

Politics and Persuasion 19331938
161
Moore the Teacher A New Era 19391944
177
Blacklisted 1943
193
Publications of Robert Lee Moore
359
Photo Credits
373
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