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A Century of Mathematical Meetings
Edited by: Bettye Anne Case, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

1996; 332 pp; hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-8218-0465-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-0465-0
List Price: US$96
Member Price: US$76.80
Order Code: MTGM
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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.


General mathematics audience.


"Those who are inclined to pursue research in regard to the history of science and mathematics may find it in a book immensely helpful."

-- Zentralblatt MATH

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction
  • B. A. Case -- An overview
  • C. S. Morawetz, R. A. Askey, T. F. Banchoff, and H. H. Daly -- Informally speaking
  • A. Jackson -- Celebrating the 100th Annual Meeting of the AMS
Part II. AMS Family Album
Part III. One Hundred Years
  • E. Pitcher -- 1894 and beyond
  • G. B. Price -- Contributions of the 1893 Columbian Exposition to mathematics
  • D. E. Rowe and K. H. Parshall -- Come to the fair: The Chicago Mathematical Congress of 1893
  • P. T. Bateman -- On being an associate secretary of the American Mathematical Society
  • K. A. Ross -- The evolution of joint meetings
  • E. Z. Falconer -- Views of an African American woman on mathematics meetings
  • L. Lorch -- The painful path toward inclusiveness
  • S. M. Lane -- How meetings have supported and can support mathematical research
  • R. J. Newman -- A century of progress: African American participation in professional mathematics meetings
  • A. T. Schafer -- Women mathematicians in the AMS
  • W. L. Duren, Jr. -- Memoirs of a lay mathematician
  • W. J. Fuchs -- My first AMS meeting
  • W. Kaplan -- Recollections of a year of study in Europe, 1936-1937
  • A. Lax -- Drifting into mathematics
  • G. B. Price -- A lifetime in mathematics 1925-1994
  • P. K. Rees -- Mathematicians I have known
  • A. E. Ross -- Windmills or stepping stones?
  • D. J. Struik -- Some mathematicians I have met
  • B. Stubblefield -- Mathematics can be fun
  • I. Kra -- Creating an American mathematical tradition: The extended Ahlfors-Bers family
  • P. Lax -- The old days
  • G. S. Young -- Being a student of R. L. Moore, 1938-42
  • M.-E. Hamstrom -- A letter from R. L. Moore
  • A. Lax -- Hassler Whitney, 1907-1989--Some recollections, 1979-1989
  • B. A. Case -- Reminiscences about Anna Johnson Pell Wheeler
  • Olga Taussky-Todd (1906-1995)
  • General references
  • Index
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