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Book DetailsHistory of MathematicsVolume: 27; 2005; 301 ppMSC: Primary 00; 01
John von Neumann was perhaps the most influential mathematician of the twentieth century. Not only did he contribute to almost all branches of mathematics, he created new fields and was a pioneering influence in the development of computer science.
During and after World War II, he was a much soughtafter technical advisor. He served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the Ballistic Research Laboratories, the Navy Bureau of Ordinance, and the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. He was a consultant to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and was appointed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Atomic Energy Commission. He received the Albert Einstein Commemorative Award, the Enrico Fermi Award, and the Medal of Freedom.
This collection of about 150 of von Neumann's letters to colleagues, friends, government officials, and others illustrates both his brilliance and his strong sense of responsibility. It is the first substantial collection of his letters, giving a rare inside glimpse of his thinking on mathematics, physics, computer science, science management, education, consulting, politics, and war. With an introductory chapter describing the many aspects of von Neumann's scientific, political, and social activities, this book makes great reading. Readers of quite diverse backgrounds will be fascinated by this firsthand look at one of the towering figures of twentieth century science.
To read a review published in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, click here.
Also of interest and available from the AMS is John von Neumann: The Scientific Genius Who Pioneered the Modern Computer, Game Theory, Nuclear Deterrence, and Much More and Invariant Measures.
ReadershipGeneral audience; readers of diverse backgrounds.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Introductory comments

Letter to N. Aronszajn

Letters to F. Aydelotte

Letter to E.F. Beckenbach

Letter to H. Bethe

Letters to G. Birkhoff

Letter to W.J.E. Blaschke

Letter to R.S. Burington

Letters to V. Bush

Letter to R. Carnap

Letter to W. Cattell

Letter to T.M. Cherry

Letter to H. Cirker

Letter to H. Crocker

Letter to M.R. Davie

Letter to W.E. Deming

Letter to J.L. Destouches

Letter to P.A.M. Dirac

Letters to J. Dixmier

Letter to P.A. Dodd

Letter to W.M. DuMond

Letter to R.E. Duncan

Letter to editor of Evening Star

Letter to R. Farquharson

Letter to A. Flexner

Letter to R.O. Fornaguera

Letter to N.H. Goldsmith

Letter to W.H. Gottschalk (and Hans Rademacher)

Letters to K. Gödel

Letter to G. Haberler

Letters to I. Halperin

Letter to G.B. Harrison

Letter to M. de Horvath

Letter to A.S. Householder

Letters to C.C. Hurd

Letter to K. Husimi

Letters to P. Jordan

Letters to I. Kaplansky

Letter to C.E. Kemble

Letter to J.R. Killian

Letters to H.D. Kloosterman

Letter to H. Kuhn

Letter to J. Lederberg

Letter to W.E. Lingelbach

Letter to S. MacLane

Letter to J.C.C. McKinsey

Letter to M.M. Mitchell

Letter to T.V. Moore

Letter to O. Morgenstern

Letters to M. Morse

Letter to E. Nagel

Letter to J.R. Oppenheimer

Letters to R. Ortvay

Letter to W. Overbeck

Letter to H.H. Rankin

Letter to H.P. Robertson

Letter to E. Schrödinger

Letter to E. Segre

Letters to F.B. Silsbee

Letter to L. Spitzer

Letters to M. Stone

Letters to L.L. Strauss

Letter to J. Stroux

Letter to T. Tannaka

Letter to E. Teller

Letters to L.B. Tuckerman

Letters to S. Ulam

Letter to E.R. van Kampen

Letters to O. Veblen

Letters to N. Wiener

Letter to H. Wold


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This selection of letters by the great mathematician John von Neumann (19031957) has been edited with remarkable care and expertise. Nearly all of his letters are published here for the first time. ....The extensive introductory comments by the editor (pp. 140) furnish important background information that will prove itself useful, especially for those readers who cannot rely on a thorough knowledge of von Neumann's seminal contributions to the foundations of mathematics, mathematical logic, quantum mechanics, quantum logic, computer science, and game theory.
Mathematics and Mechanics 
...this fine volume of selected letters will be of great interest to mathematicians, scientists, educators, and, in particular, those interested in the history of the fields to which John von Neumann contributed so much.
Historia Mathematica 
...this will be an enduring reference book ...delivers an impressive sampling of the breadth and influence of von Neumann's work.
Notices of the American Mathematical Society 
I recommend that you check out a copy of the book yourself. These letters are put together in a very nice volume, and give quite a bit of insight into one of the great mathematical minds of all time ...
MAA Reviews 
...the volume under review will certainly contribute to our knowledge about John von Neumann and his personality. It will be interesting for historians of science, especially of mathematics and mathematical physics.
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John von Neumann was perhaps the most influential mathematician of the twentieth century. Not only did he contribute to almost all branches of mathematics, he created new fields and was a pioneering influence in the development of computer science.
During and after World War II, he was a much soughtafter technical advisor. He served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the Ballistic Research Laboratories, the Navy Bureau of Ordinance, and the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. He was a consultant to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and was appointed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Atomic Energy Commission. He received the Albert Einstein Commemorative Award, the Enrico Fermi Award, and the Medal of Freedom.
This collection of about 150 of von Neumann's letters to colleagues, friends, government officials, and others illustrates both his brilliance and his strong sense of responsibility. It is the first substantial collection of his letters, giving a rare inside glimpse of his thinking on mathematics, physics, computer science, science management, education, consulting, politics, and war. With an introductory chapter describing the many aspects of von Neumann's scientific, political, and social activities, this book makes great reading. Readers of quite diverse backgrounds will be fascinated by this firsthand look at one of the towering figures of twentieth century science.
To read a review published in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, click here.
Also of interest and available from the AMS is John von Neumann: The Scientific Genius Who Pioneered the Modern Computer, Game Theory, Nuclear Deterrence, and Much More and Invariant Measures.
General audience; readers of diverse backgrounds.

Chapters

Introductory comments

Letter to N. Aronszajn

Letters to F. Aydelotte

Letter to E.F. Beckenbach

Letter to H. Bethe

Letters to G. Birkhoff

Letter to W.J.E. Blaschke

Letter to R.S. Burington

Letters to V. Bush

Letter to R. Carnap

Letter to W. Cattell

Letter to T.M. Cherry

Letter to H. Cirker

Letter to H. Crocker

Letter to M.R. Davie

Letter to W.E. Deming

Letter to J.L. Destouches

Letter to P.A.M. Dirac

Letters to J. Dixmier

Letter to P.A. Dodd

Letter to W.M. DuMond

Letter to R.E. Duncan

Letter to editor of Evening Star

Letter to R. Farquharson

Letter to A. Flexner

Letter to R.O. Fornaguera

Letter to N.H. Goldsmith

Letter to W.H. Gottschalk (and Hans Rademacher)

Letters to K. Gödel

Letter to G. Haberler

Letters to I. Halperin

Letter to G.B. Harrison

Letter to M. de Horvath

Letter to A.S. Householder

Letters to C.C. Hurd

Letter to K. Husimi

Letters to P. Jordan

Letters to I. Kaplansky

Letter to C.E. Kemble

Letter to J.R. Killian

Letters to H.D. Kloosterman

Letter to H. Kuhn

Letter to J. Lederberg

Letter to W.E. Lingelbach

Letter to S. MacLane

Letter to J.C.C. McKinsey

Letter to M.M. Mitchell

Letter to T.V. Moore

Letter to O. Morgenstern

Letters to M. Morse

Letter to E. Nagel

Letter to J.R. Oppenheimer

Letters to R. Ortvay

Letter to W. Overbeck

Letter to H.H. Rankin

Letter to H.P. Robertson

Letter to E. Schrödinger

Letter to E. Segre

Letters to F.B. Silsbee

Letter to L. Spitzer

Letters to M. Stone

Letters to L.L. Strauss

Letter to J. Stroux

Letter to T. Tannaka

Letter to E. Teller

Letters to L.B. Tuckerman

Letters to S. Ulam

Letter to E.R. van Kampen

Letters to O. Veblen

Letters to N. Wiener

Letter to H. Wold

This selection of letters by the great mathematician John von Neumann (19031957) has been edited with remarkable care and expertise. Nearly all of his letters are published here for the first time. ....The extensive introductory comments by the editor (pp. 140) furnish important background information that will prove itself useful, especially for those readers who cannot rely on a thorough knowledge of von Neumann's seminal contributions to the foundations of mathematics, mathematical logic, quantum mechanics, quantum logic, computer science, and game theory.
Mathematics and Mechanics 
...this fine volume of selected letters will be of great interest to mathematicians, scientists, educators, and, in particular, those interested in the history of the fields to which John von Neumann contributed so much.
Historia Mathematica 
...this will be an enduring reference book ...delivers an impressive sampling of the breadth and influence of von Neumann's work.
Notices of the American Mathematical Society 
I recommend that you check out a copy of the book yourself. These letters are put together in a very nice volume, and give quite a bit of insight into one of the great mathematical minds of all time ...
MAA Reviews 
...the volume under review will certainly contribute to our knowledge about John von Neumann and his personality. It will be interesting for historians of science, especially of mathematics and mathematical physics.
Zentrablatt MATH