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