Contemporary Mathematics 1999; 238 pp; softcover Volume: 243 ISBN10: 0821810871 ISBN13: 9780821810873 List Price: US$57 Member Price: US$45.60 Order Code: CONM/243
 This volume includes expositions of key developments over the past four decades in commutative and noncommutative algebra, algebraic \(K\)theory, infinite group theory, and applications of algebra to topology. Many of the articles are based on lectures given at a conference at Columbia University honoring the 65th birthday of Hyman Bass. Important topics related to Bass's mathematical interests are surveyed by leading experts in the field. Of particular note is a professional autobiography of Professor Bass and an article by Deborah Ball on mathematical education. The range of subjects covered in the book offers a convenient single source for topics in the field. Readership Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in associative rings and algebras; mathematical historians and educators. Table of Contents  J. Ewing  On the occasion of the 65th birthday of Hyman Bass
 H. Bass  A professional autobiography
 D. L. Ball  Crossing boundaries to examine the mathematics entailed in elementary teaching
 E. Formanek  Bass's work on the Jacobian conjecture
 R. M. Guralnick and C. J. Pappacena  Torsion in genus class groups
 C. Huneke  Hyman Bass and ubiquity: Gorenstein rings
 I. Kaplansky  A salute to Euler and Dickson on the occasion of Hy's 65th birthday
 T. Y. Lam  Bass's work in ring theory and projective modules
 A. Lubotzky  One for almost all: Generation of \(SL(n,p)\) by subsets of \(SL(n,\mathbb{Z})\)
 A. R. Magid  Deformations of representations
 S. Mozes  Trees, lattices and commensurators
 M. P. Murthy  A survey of obstruction theory for projective modules of top rank
 A. S. Rapinchuk  The congruence subgroup problem
 P. B. Shalen  Threemanifold topology and the tree for PSL\(_2\): The Smith conjecture and beyond
 C. A. Weibel  The development of algebraic \(K\)theory before 1980
