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Book DetailsSpectrumVolume: 81; 2015; 423 pp
The MAA was founded in 1915 to serve as a home for The American Mathematical Monthly. The mission of the Association—to advance mathematics, especially at the collegiate level—has, however, always been larger than merely publishing worldclass mathematical exposition. MAA members have explored more than just mathematics; they have, as this volume tries to make evident, investigated mathematical connections to pedagogy, history, the arts, technology, literature, and every field of intellectual endeavor.
Essays, all commissioned for this volume, include exposition by Bob Devaney, Robin Wilson, and Frank Morgan; history from Karen Parshall, Della Dumbaugh, and Bill Dunham; pedagogical discussion from Paul Zorn, Joe Gallian, and Michael Starbird; and cultural commentary from Bonnie Gold, Jon Borwein, and Steve Abbott.
This volume contains 35 essays by allstar writers and expositors writing to celebrate an extraordinary century for mathematics. More mathematics has been created and published since 1915 than in all of previous recorded history. We've solved ageold mysteries, created entire new fields of study, and changed our conception of what mathematics is. Many of those stories are told in this volume as the contributors paint a portrait of the broad cultural sweep of mathematics during the MAA's first century. Mathematics is the most thrilling, the most human area of intellectual inquiry. You will find in this volume compelling proof of that claim.

Table of Contents

Articles

Part I. Mathematical Developments

Francis Bonahon — The Hyperbolic Revolution: From Topology to Geometry, and Back

Daniel Alexander and Robert L. Devaney — A Century of Complex Dynamics

Robin Wilson — MapColoring Problems

Frank Morgan — Six Milestones in Geometry

Eric S. Egge — Defying God: the StanleyWilf Conjecture, StanleyWilf Limits, and a TwoGeneration Explosion of Combinatorics

Andrew Granville — What Is the Best Approach to Counting Primes?

Joseph H. Silverman — A Century of Elliptic Curves

Part II. Historical Developments

David E. Zitarelli — The Mathematical Association of America: Its First 100 Years

Karen Hunger Parshall — The Stratification of the American Mathematical Community: The Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, 1915–1925

Della Dumbaugh — Time and Place: Sustaining the American Mathematical Community

Israel Kleiner — Abstract (Modern) Algebra in America 1870–1950: A Brief Account

Part III. Pedagogical Developments

Alan Tucker — The History of the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics in the United States

Michael Starbird — InquiryBased Learning Through the Life of the MAA

Bob Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan — A Passport to Pleasure

Rhonda Hughes — Strength in Numbers: Broadening the View of the Mathematics Major

Joseph A. Gallian — A History of Undergraduate Research in Mathematics

Paul Zorn — The Calculus Reform Movement: A Personal Account

Gilbert Strang — Introducing $e^x$

Part IV. Computational Developments

Philip J. Davis — Computational Experiences in the PreElectronic Days

Thomas F. Banchoff — A Century of Visualization: One Geometer’s View

Jonathan M. Borwein — The Future of Mathematics: 1965 to 2065

Part V. Culture and Communities

Bonnie Gold — Philosophy of Mathematics: What Has Happened Since Gödel’s Results?

Gerald L. Alexanderson — Twelve Classics People who Love Mathematics Should Know; or, “What do you mean, you haven’t read E. T. Bell?”

Stephen D. Abbott — The Dramatic Life of Mathematics: A Centennial History of the Intersection of Mathematics and Theater in a Prologue, Three Acts, and an Epilogue

William Dunham — The Year of Euler

Leonard F. Klosinski — The Putnam Competition: Origin, Lore, Structure

Ezra “Bud” Brown — Getting Involved with the MAA: A Path Less Traveled

Donald J. Albers and Gerald L. Alexanderson — Henry L. Alder

Kenneth A. Ross — Lida K. Barrett

Daniel Zelinsky — Ralph P. Boas

Martha J. Siegel — Leonard Gillman—Reminiscences

John Ewing — Paul Halmos: No Apologies

Kenneth A. Ross — Ivan Niven

Gerald L. Alexanderson — George Pólya and the MAA


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... The essays range in difficulty from those intended for scholars alone to those interested laypeople will readily comprehend. In the preface, Kennedy boldly announces that "mathematics is the most thrilling, the most human, area of intellectual inquiry" and suggests that this book offers "compelling proof of the claim." Proof enough.
M. Schiff, CHOICE


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The MAA was founded in 1915 to serve as a home for The American Mathematical Monthly. The mission of the Association—to advance mathematics, especially at the collegiate level—has, however, always been larger than merely publishing worldclass mathematical exposition. MAA members have explored more than just mathematics; they have, as this volume tries to make evident, investigated mathematical connections to pedagogy, history, the arts, technology, literature, and every field of intellectual endeavor.
Essays, all commissioned for this volume, include exposition by Bob Devaney, Robin Wilson, and Frank Morgan; history from Karen Parshall, Della Dumbaugh, and Bill Dunham; pedagogical discussion from Paul Zorn, Joe Gallian, and Michael Starbird; and cultural commentary from Bonnie Gold, Jon Borwein, and Steve Abbott.
This volume contains 35 essays by allstar writers and expositors writing to celebrate an extraordinary century for mathematics. More mathematics has been created and published since 1915 than in all of previous recorded history. We've solved ageold mysteries, created entire new fields of study, and changed our conception of what mathematics is. Many of those stories are told in this volume as the contributors paint a portrait of the broad cultural sweep of mathematics during the MAA's first century. Mathematics is the most thrilling, the most human area of intellectual inquiry. You will find in this volume compelling proof of that claim.

Articles

Part I. Mathematical Developments

Francis Bonahon — The Hyperbolic Revolution: From Topology to Geometry, and Back

Daniel Alexander and Robert L. Devaney — A Century of Complex Dynamics

Robin Wilson — MapColoring Problems

Frank Morgan — Six Milestones in Geometry

Eric S. Egge — Defying God: the StanleyWilf Conjecture, StanleyWilf Limits, and a TwoGeneration Explosion of Combinatorics

Andrew Granville — What Is the Best Approach to Counting Primes?

Joseph H. Silverman — A Century of Elliptic Curves

Part II. Historical Developments

David E. Zitarelli — The Mathematical Association of America: Its First 100 Years

Karen Hunger Parshall — The Stratification of the American Mathematical Community: The Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, 1915–1925

Della Dumbaugh — Time and Place: Sustaining the American Mathematical Community

Israel Kleiner — Abstract (Modern) Algebra in America 1870–1950: A Brief Account

Part III. Pedagogical Developments

Alan Tucker — The History of the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics in the United States

Michael Starbird — InquiryBased Learning Through the Life of the MAA

Bob Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan — A Passport to Pleasure

Rhonda Hughes — Strength in Numbers: Broadening the View of the Mathematics Major

Joseph A. Gallian — A History of Undergraduate Research in Mathematics

Paul Zorn — The Calculus Reform Movement: A Personal Account

Gilbert Strang — Introducing $e^x$

Part IV. Computational Developments

Philip J. Davis — Computational Experiences in the PreElectronic Days

Thomas F. Banchoff — A Century of Visualization: One Geometer’s View

Jonathan M. Borwein — The Future of Mathematics: 1965 to 2065

Part V. Culture and Communities

Bonnie Gold — Philosophy of Mathematics: What Has Happened Since Gödel’s Results?

Gerald L. Alexanderson — Twelve Classics People who Love Mathematics Should Know; or, “What do you mean, you haven’t read E. T. Bell?”

Stephen D. Abbott — The Dramatic Life of Mathematics: A Centennial History of the Intersection of Mathematics and Theater in a Prologue, Three Acts, and an Epilogue

William Dunham — The Year of Euler

Leonard F. Klosinski — The Putnam Competition: Origin, Lore, Structure

Ezra “Bud” Brown — Getting Involved with the MAA: A Path Less Traveled

Donald J. Albers and Gerald L. Alexanderson — Henry L. Alder

Kenneth A. Ross — Lida K. Barrett

Daniel Zelinsky — Ralph P. Boas

Martha J. Siegel — Leonard Gillman—Reminiscences

John Ewing — Paul Halmos: No Apologies

Kenneth A. Ross — Ivan Niven

Gerald L. Alexanderson — George Pólya and the MAA

... The essays range in difficulty from those intended for scholars alone to those interested laypeople will readily comprehend. In the preface, Kennedy boldly announces that "mathematics is the most thrilling, the most human, area of intellectual inquiry" and suggests that this book offers "compelling proof of the claim." Proof enough.
M. Schiff, CHOICE