In the 100 years since the founding of the AMS, the American mathematical community has grown from a small group heavily dependent on European mathematicians to a large and influential group that in many areas sets the standard for the rest of the world. By the 1930s, there was a flourishing mathematical community to welcome the influx of mathematicians fleeing Europe. This volume, the first in the History of Mathematics series, brings together a variety of perspectives on the political, social, and mathematical forces that have shaped the American mathematical community in the past century.
Mathematical progress in America; The beginnings of the American Mathematical Society, Reminiscences of Thomas Scott Fiske by T. S. Fiske For the 100th birthday of the American Mathematical Society by J. L. Synge J. J. Sylvester, Johns Hopkins, and Partitions by G. E. Andrews Thomas S. Fiske and Charles S. Peirce by C. Eisele Luther Pfahler Eisenhart by S. Lefschetz Some mathematical reminiscences by D. V. Widder The role of logical investigations in mathematics since 1930 by S. C. Kleene Memories of bygone meetings by R. P. Boas Moscow 1935: Topology moving toward America by H. Whitney Oswald Veblen by D. Montgomery Some books of Auld Lang Syne by P. R. P. R. Halmos Refugee mathematicians in the United States of America, 1933-1941: Reception and reaction by N. Reingold Reminiscences of a mathematical immigrant in the U.S. by S. Lefschetz The threadbare thirties by I. Niven The European mathematicians' migration to America by L. Bers Abraham Adrian Albert by I. Kaplansky A half century of reviewing by D. H. Lehmer American mathematicians in WWI; American mathematicians in War service by G. B. Price The mathematical sciences and World War service by M. Rees Reminiscences of Bletchley Park, 1942-45 by P. Hilton Mathematics and mathematicians in WWII by J. B. Rosser A brief history of the computer by H. H. Goldstine Concepts and categories in perspective by S. Mac Lane Mathematical biography by M. Hall, Jr. merican differential geometry--some personal notes by S.-S. Chern The mathematical scene, 1940-1965 by G. B. Price Reminiscences of forty years as a mathematician by W. S. Massey The purge by C. Davis The use of mathematics by R. W. Hamming Algorithmic themes by D. E. Knuth The classification of the finite simple groups, a personal journey: The early years. by D. Gorenstein.