Mathematical Digest


Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Herman Goldstine Dies at 90; Helped Build First Computers," by Wolfgang Saxon.New York Times, 26 June 2004, pageA12.

Herman Goldstine, who died on June 16, 2004, was a leader in developing theElectronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (Eniac), the first electroniccomputer (which weighed more than 30 tons). Goldstine received his Ph.D. inmathematics at the University of Chicago in 1936 and later became a permanentmember of the Institute for Advanced Study. He was a winner of the NationalMedal of Science and was director of mathematical sciences research at IBM. Infact, IBM named a postdoctoral fellowship in his honor. The article in theTimes features a picture of Dr. Goldstine with Julian Bigelow, J.Robert Oppenheimer, and John von Neumann.

--- Mike Breen