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Oral history interview with Albert W. Tucker, 1977 Mar.

Author: Albert W Tucker; Evar D Nering
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Princeton mathematics community in the 1930s : an oral history project
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Tucker tells of becoming interested in the history of topology, partly as a result of contact with Eric Temple Bell. Tucker describes his wartime work; he was associate director for the Fire Control Research Project, and he was in charge of the mathematics portion of the Army Specialized Training Program at Princeton. He tells how he came to work in the fields of linear programming and game theory. He tells of his
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Albert W Tucker; Evar D Nering
OCLC Number: 63297205
Notes: Recorded in Princeton, N. J.
This interview with Tucker recorded at an earlier date was added to the series of interviews done in connection with the oral history project on the Princeton mathematics community in the 1930s.
Description: Transcript : 15 p.

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Tucker tells of becoming interested in the history of topology, partly as a result of contact with Eric Temple Bell. Tucker describes his wartime work; he was associate director for the Fire Control Research Project, and he was in charge of the mathematics portion of the Army Specialized Training Program at Princeton. He tells how he came to work in the fields of linear programming and game theory. He tells of his work editing the Annals of mathematical Studies, and how he became editor of the Princeton Mathematical Series. Tucker describes his research activities (nonlinear programming as well as game theory and linear programming) in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Tucker also talks about administrative and committee work: in 1953 he became chairman of the Commission on Mathematics of the College Entrance Examination Board, and from 1961 to 1963 he was president of the Mathematical Association of America. He talks about his other activities, including travel to Australia and New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s.

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