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Reminiscences of mathematics at Chicago. (English) Zbl 0682.01014
A century of mathematics in America, Pt. II, Hist. Math. 2, 183-190 (1989).
[For the entire collection see Zbl 0659.00007.]
University of Chicago, under the leadership of Eliakim Hastings Moore, Bolza and Maschke, took strides and soon became a prominent place for higher academic pursuits and research in mathematics. After the retirement of eminent mathematicians e.g. Moore or Wilczynski, the void, in absence of replacements of suitable and comparable ability, could not be filled up. There also arose a need for a drastic change or revision of graduate and undergraduate mathematical education. The author, therefore, thought that it was the best time when his services were needed for an active participation in the rehabilitation of the Mathematics Department and he, after exercising his choice wisely and astutely in between Havard and Chicago, finally joined the University of Chicago in 1946. This paper, as the title suggests, is based entirely on the reminiscences of the author after he entered the portals of Chicago University. An absorbing and interesting account of asserting his position and getting things done in the best academic interests of the University, especially of Mathematics Department, has been rendered by him in the paper. Despite the heavy odds, it is revealed, he could finally succeed in his mission for restoring the glorious and acknowledged status to the Mathematics Department of Chicago University at the top of American Mathematics.
Reviewer: M.K.Saxena

MSC:
01A73 History of mathematics at specific universities
01A60 History of mathematics in the 20th century