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Republic of Numbers : Unexpected Stories of Mathematical Americans Through History.

Author: David Lindsay Roberts
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book tells the story of how America changed from a nation devoid of mathematical interest and expertise into a powerhouse of thinkers. The story is told chronologically, with one example pulled from each decade; these chapters reveal pivotal moments in America's mathematical maturation and feature a diverse cast of historical figures"--
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Roberts, David Lindsay.
Republic of Numbers : Unexpected Stories of Mathematical Americans Through History.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Lindsay Roberts
ISBN: 9781421433097 1421433095
OCLC Number: 1119644853
Description: 1 online resource (255 pages)
Contents: Poetic historian : E.T. Bell, 1906 --
Man of school mathematics : Charles M. Austin, 1914 --
Organization man : E.B. Wilson, 1922 --
Versed in math : Lillian R. Lieber and Hugh G. Lieber, 1931 --
Machine whisperer : Grace Hopper, 1941 --
Survivor : Izaak Wirszup, 1956 --
Carrying Old Virginny forward : Edgar L. Edwards, Jr., 1960 --
Americano : Joaquin Basilio Diaz, 1974 --
Math warrior : Frank B. Allen, 1984 --
Suspicious minds : John F. Nash, Fr., 1994 --
Conclusion. Introduction --
Practical navigator : Nathaniel Bowditch, 1806 --
Hudson River School : Sylvanus Thayer, 1815 --
Political arithmetic : Abraham Lincoln, 1826 --
Textbook messages : Catherine Beecher and Joseph Ray, 1832 --
Learning to count : J. Willard Gibbs, 1841 --
Naval reserve : Charles H. Davis, 1857 --
General principles : Daniel Harvey Hill, 1862 --
Fellow worker : Christine Ladd-Franklin, 1878 --
Straddler : Kelly Miller, 1887 --
Frontiersmen : Herman Hollerith and E.H. Moore, 1893.

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