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Oral history interview with Albert W. Tucker, 1984 July 11.

Author: Albert W Tucker; William Aspray
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Princeton mathematics community in the 1930s : an oral history project
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Tucker talks about geometry, which at Princeton was the most active area of mathematical research. He talks about Luther Eisenhart and Oswald Veblen, both of whom had become interested in Riemannian geometry following the publication of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity in 1916. Tucker tells something about the beginnings of topology as a recognized branch of mathematics, discussing, in particular, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Albert W Tucker; William Aspray
OCLC Number: 63277405
Notes: Recorded in Princeton, N. J.
Description: Transcript : 16 p.

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Tucker talks about geometry, which at Princeton was the most active area of mathematical research. He talks about Luther Eisenhart and Oswald Veblen, both of whom had become interested in Riemannian geometry following the publication of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity in 1916. Tucker tells something about the beginnings of topology as a recognized branch of mathematics, discussing, in particular, the work of Solomon Lefschetz and James Alexander. Tucker mentions some of the people doing work in analysis (especially H. F. Bohnenblust) and in algebra (especially J. H. M. Wedderburn). The work of Alonzo Church and Kurt Gödel in logic is also discussed, as is the work of Sam Wilks in statistics.

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