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Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

The Bulletin publishes expository articles on contemporary mathematical research, written in a way that gives insight to mathematicians who may not be experts in the particular topic. The Bulletin also publishes reviews of selected books in mathematics and short articles in the Mathematical Perspectives section, both by invitation only.

ISSN 1088-9485 (online) ISSN 0273-0979 (print)

The 2020 MCQ for Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society is 0.84.

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The American Mathematical Society and Applied Mathematics from the 1920s to the 1950s: A Revisionist Account
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Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 59 (2022), 405-427 Request permission


The “standard” historical narrative has it that: 1) applied mathematics emerged as an academic discipline in the United States only after, and as a result of, World War II; and 2) a major factor in this emergence was the presence of European émigré mathematicians. While this standard narrative is not wrong, it masks a key part of the picture, namely, the foundation for this development was laid within the context of the American Mathematical Society in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
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  • Karen Hunger Parshall
  • Affiliation: Departments of History and Mathematics, University of Virginia, P. O. Box 400137, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4137
  • MR Author ID: 215967
  • Received by editor(s): July 23, 2021
  • Published electronically: March 24, 2022
  • © Copyright 2022 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 59 (2022), 405-427
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  • MathSciNet review: 4437803