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Oral history interview with Albert W. Tucker, 1986 May 8.

Author: Albert W Tucker; William Aspray
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Tucker describes mathematics in Princeton in the late 1930s and during the years of World War II. Topics include: personnel and personnel changes at the Princeton University Mathematics Department and the Institute for Advanced Study School of Mathematics; Solomon Lefschetz as the leader of the mathematical research program at the university; the later careers of James Alexander and Oswald Veblen; active
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Named Person: James W Alexander; Solomon Lefschetz; Oswald Veblen
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Albert W Tucker; William Aspray
OCLC Number: 63306961
Notes: Recorded in Princeton, N.J.
Description: Sound cassettes : 3 (60 min. each) : analog, mono. Transcript : 38 p. Computer data (1 file : 66K)

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Tucker describes mathematics in Princeton in the late 1930s and during the years of World War II. Topics include: personnel and personnel changes at the Princeton University Mathematics Department and the Institute for Advanced Study School of Mathematics; Solomon Lefschetz as the leader of the mathematical research program at the university; the later careers of James Alexander and Oswald Veblen; active mathematical research areas at Princeton; the move of the Institute for Advanced Study to Flud Hall in 1939; the impact of the physical separation of the Institute and university mathematics programs; teaching of mathematics to military personnel during the war;

and the mathematical contributions to the Fire Control Project located at Princeton during the war and to war-time calculation. Tucker also recounts his own career during this period, including his research, his war-time teaching of mathematics and use of the slide rule, and his suggestions for improvements in calculating aids for the military.

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