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Pushing Limits From West Point to Berkeley

Author: Ted Hill
Publisher: Providence American Mathematical Society 2017
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Cover -- Title page -- Contents -- Preface -- Chapter 1. Day of the handshakes -- Chapter 2. The star years -- Chapter 3. Out of the gates -- Chapter 4. Preparing for war -- Chapter 5. Vietnam -- Chapter 6. Return to reason -- Photo section 1 -- Chapter 7. The Fulbright interlude -- Chapter 8. Berzerkeley -- Chapter 9. The apprenticeship -- Chapter 10. Eurekas -- Chapter 11. The global math guild -- Photo section 2
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ted Hill
ISBN: 9781470436711 147043671X 9781470435844 1470435845
OCLC Number: 1021121404
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (331 Seiten)
Contents: * Photo section* Day of the handshakes* The star years* Out of the gates* Preparing for war* Vietnam* Return to reason* The Fulbright interlude* $\textit{Berzerkeley}$* The apprenticeship* $\textit{Eurekas}$* The global math guild* The math $\textit{Ohana}$* The Penn State syndrome* Permanent sabbatical* Postscript
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