DIMACS: Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science 1997; 205 pp; hardcover Volume: 34 ISBN10: 0821806785 ISBN13: 9780821806784 List Price: US$60 Member Price: US$48 Order Code: DIMACS/34
 This volume contains research and expository papers by AfricanAmerican mathematicians on issues related to their involvement in the mathematical sciences. Little is known, taught, or written about AfricanAmerican mathematicians. Information is lacking on their past and present contributions and on the qualitative and quantitative nature of their existence in and distribution throughout mathematics. This lack of information leads to a number of questions that have to date remained unanswered. This volume provides details and pointers to help answer some of these questions. Features:  Research articles by distinguished AfricanAmerican mathematicians.
 Accomplishments of AfricanAmerican researchers in the mathematical sciences.
 Articles that explore issues important to the AfricanAmerican community and to the mathematics community as a whole.
 Inspiration for AfricanAmerican students who wish to pursue advancement in the mathematical sciences.
Copublished with the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science beginning with Volume 8. Volumes 17 were copublished with the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM). Readership Graduate students, historians, sociologists, mathematical policymakers, and research mathematicians. Reviews "Near the beginning of this decade William Massey of Bell Laboratories (then AT&T, now Lucent Technologies) had an idea for an organization devoted mainly to addressing critical issues involving AfricanAmerican researchers and graduate students in the mathematical sciences. This organization became known as the Conference for AfricanAmerican Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS). The book under review here contains some of the invited papers and poster presentations given at CAARMS2, and other papers pertaining to objectives and purposes of CAARMS. Overall, the editor has succeeded in organizing the content of the volume to reflect faithfully the objectives of CAARMS. There is something for nearly everyone, especially those persons interested in making mathematics participation more inclusive."  MAA Online Table of Contents Part I. Invited Research Talks  J. D. Farley  Chain decomposition theorems for ordered sets and other musings
 C. R. Mahoney  Unimodality and the independent set numbers of matroids
 C. Clark  On achieving channels in a bipolar game
 W. M. Miller  Discrete approximation of invariant measures for multidimensional maps
 N. Whitaker  Some numerical methods for a maximum entropy problem
 I. H. Herron  Hydrodynamic stability, differential operators and spectral theory
 F. L. Williams  The role of Selberg's trace formula in the computation of Casimir energy for certain CliffordKlein spacetimes
 S. W. Williams  Some dynamics on the irrationals
Part II. Poster Presentations  G. Campbell  Finding elliptic curves defined over \(Q\) of high rank
 M. Keeve  Symplectic matrix structure in numerical integration
 K. Edoh  A numerical algorithm for the computation of invariant circles
 A. G. Noël  Classification of nilpotent orbits in symmetric spaces
 K. E. Needham  Evaluating texture measures for lowlevel features in color images of human skin
 A. Nkwanta  Lattice paths and RNA secondary structures
 R. Moten  Nuprl as a concurrent interactive theorem prover
Part III. Historical Articles  L. Lorch  Yesterday, today and tomorrow
 E. Z. Falconer  The challenge of diversity
 P. C. Kenschaft  What next? A metahistory of black mathematicians
 D. M. Hill  A personal history of the origins of the National Association of Mathematicians' "Presentations by Recipients of Recent Ph.D.'s"
 N. Agwu and A. Nkwanta  Dr. J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr.: The man and his works
