In the turn from the 19th to the 20th century, reform in education at all levels was in the air in the United States. Particularly in mathematics, a strong movement formed toward initiating graduate education and then modernizing undergraduate education. Diann Porter uses the the work of William Fogg Osgood on the integration of series term by term to characterize this evolution of academic mathematics in antebellum America.
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About the Author
Diann Porter is a member of the mathematics faculty at Pima Community College in Tuscon, Arizona. She received her bachelor's degree in French from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she later earned her doctorate in mathematics. A native of Oklahoma, she lived in San Francisco, Seattle, Paris, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Chicago before settling happily in Tucson.