A Century of mathematics in America (History of Mathematics, by Peter L. Duren, Richard Askey, Uta C. Merzbach

By Peter L. Duren, Richard Askey, Uta C. Merzbach

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It is significant that the last three chapters of Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy are devoted to William James, John Dewey, and the "philosophy of logical analysis" underlying mathematics, as Russell saw it. Peirce's concern with logic overlapped that of Huntington with postulate theory. Actually, C. S. Peirce was a visiting lecturer in philosophy at Harvard and a Lowell lecturer on logic in Boston in 1903, and Huntington's article on the "algebra of logic" in the Trans. Amer. Math.

29 Abbott Lawrence Lowell, who himself became the world's leading authority on British government without attending graduate school,30 had in 1887 drawn attention "to the importance of making the undergraduate work out ... a rational system of choosing his electives ... [with] the benefit of the experience of the faculty" [Low, p. 11). Fifteen years later, he spearheaded in 1901-2 a faculty committee whose purpose was to reinstate intellectual achievement as the main objective of undergraduate education ([Yeo, Ch.

POSTWAR RECRUITMENT The retirement of Byerly in 1913 and the death of B. O. Peirce in 1914, together with the deaths of Bocher and G. M. Green, and the departure of Dunham Jackson after six years as secretary in 1919,41 created a serious void in Harvard mathematics. This void was filled slowly, at first (in 1920) by Oliver D. Kellogg (1878-1932), and William C. 's in Germany before the war with Hilbert and Study, respectively. Then came Joseph L. Walsh (1895-1973) in 1921, and (after H. W. Brinkmann in 1925) H.

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