A Century of Mathematical Meetings

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Brand new. We distribute directly for the publisher. This book features contributions by and about some of the luminaries of American mathematics. Included here are essays based ... on presentations made during the symposium Celebration of 100 Years of Annual Meetings, held at the AMS meeting in Cincinnati in January 1994. In addition, a number of contributions were solicited after the symposium.The papers in this collection form a vibrant collage of mathematical personalities--a collage that makes being a member of the community of mathematicians rich and rewarding. This book weaves a tapestry of mathematical life in the United States, with emphasis on the past seventy years. Photographs, old and recent, further decorate that tapestry.This volume complements three earlier AMS volumes of collected papers about mathematics in America: A Century of Mathematics in America, Parts I, II, and III.There are many stories to be told about the making of mathematics and the personalities of those who meet to share it. This collection offers a celebration in words and pictures of a century of American mathematical life. Read more Show Less

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This book features contributions by and about some of the luminaries of American mathematics. Included here are essays based on presentations made during the symposium Celebration of 100 Years of Annual Meetings, held at the AMS meeting in Cincinnati in January 1994. In addition, a number of contributions were solicited after the symposium. The papers in this collection form a vibrant collage of mathematical personalities—a collage that makes being a member of the community of mathematicians rich and rewarding. This book weaves a tapestry of mathematical life in the United States, with emphasis on the past seventy years. Photographs, old and recent, further decorate that tapestry. This volume complements three earlier AMS volumes of collected papers about mathematics in America: A Century of Mathematics in America, Parts I, II, and III. There are many stories to be told about the making of mathematics and the personalities of those who meet to share it. This collection offers a celebration in words and pictures of a century of American mathematical life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821804650
  • Publisher: American Mathematical Society
  • Publication date: 12/13/1995
  • Pages: 332

Table of Contents

Plates
Preface
Pt. I Introduction 1
An Overview 3
Informally Speaking 5
Informally Speaking 6
Informally Speaking 8
Informally Speaking 8
Celebrating the 100th Annual Meeting of the AMS 10
Pt. II AMS Family Album 19
Pt. III One Hundred Years 41
1894 and Beyond 43
Contributions of the 1893 Columbian Exposition to Mathematics 49
Come to the Fair: The Chicago Mathematical Congress of 1893 61
On Being An Associate Secretary of the American Mathematical Society 71
The Evolution of Joint Meetings 77
Views of an African American Woman on Mathematical Meetings 79
The Painful Path Toward Inclusiveness 83
How Meetings Have Supported and Can Support Mathematical Research 103
A Century Of Progress: African American Participation in Professional Mathematics Meetings 111
Women Mathematicians in the AMS 115
Memoirs of a Lay Mathematician 121
My First AMS Meeting 169
Recollections of a Year of Study in Europe, 1936-1937 171
Drifting into Mathematics 179
A Lifetime in Mathematics 1925-1994 183
Mathematics I Have Known 213
Windmills or Stepping Stones? 219
Some Mathematicians I Have Met 251
Mathematics Can Be Fun 259
Creating an American Mathematical Tradition: The Extended Ahlfors-Bers Family 265
The Old Days 281
Being a Student of R. L. Moore, 1938-42 285
A Letter from R. L. Moore 295
Hassler Whitney, 1907-1989 - Some recollections, 1979-1989 301
Reminiscences about Anna Johnson Pell Wheeler 311
Olga Taussky-Todd (1906-1995) 321
General References 323
Index 325
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