Requiem for the skillful. (English) Zbl 0934.01019

There is a common misconception that mathematicians do not have skills in applied mathematics, let alone practical applied mathematics. MacLane dispels the myth by giving examples of those who did: Hassler Whitney, Leon Cohen, Magnus Hestenes, Leon Brillouin, Walter Leighton, Adrian Albert, Edgar Lorch, Paul Smith, Arthur Sard, Harry Pollard: all these made their names in pure mathematics, and made their contribution in WWII in applied mathematics: gun sights, pursuit curves, ballistic tables, approximations, fire control.


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