Century of Mathematics: Through the Eyes of the Monthly

Century of Mathematics: Through the Eyes of the Monthly

by John H. Ewing
     
 
This is the story of American mathematics during the past century. It contains articles and excerpts from a century of the American Mathematical Monthly, giving the reader an opportunity to skim all one hundred volumes of this popular mathematics magazine without actually opening them. It samples mathematics year by year and decade by decade. The reader can glimpse

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This is the story of American mathematics during the past century. It contains articles and excerpts from a century of the American Mathematical Monthly, giving the reader an opportunity to skim all one hundred volumes of this popular mathematics magazine without actually opening them. It samples mathematics year by year and decade by decade. The reader can glimpse the mathematical community at the turn of the century, the controversy about Einstein and relativity, the debates about formalism in logic, the immigration of mathematicians from Europe, and the frantic effort to organize as the war began. More recent articles deal with the advent of computers and the changes they brought, and with some of the triumphs of modern research.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'If you have any interest in how things in American mathematics have developed over the last one hundred years, pick up this book. Like members of a family, mathematicians have a heritage and roots to their ancestors, and it does us all good to honor them from time to time.' Journal of Recreational Mathematics
Booknews
Celebrates 100 years of the American Mathematical Monthly, first published in January 1894, with a selection of articles and excerpts, chosen for the stories they tell about the history of math in America (with some math articles included for their conciseness and charm). Articles by great mathematicians as well as by students and lesser lights tell of the early years--the struggle to prevent colleges from eliminating math requirements in the 1920s, the controversy about Einstein, the emigration of mathematicians from Europe--through to modern times--e.g. the advent of computers and computer science, and problems faced by women and minorities. Indexed only by name. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883854570
Publisher:
Mathematical Association of America
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Spectrum Series
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.08(d)

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