By Steve Nadis
The tale starts in 1825, while a precocious sixteen-year-old freshman, Benjamin Peirce, arrived on the university. He may turn into the 1st American to supply unique mathematics--an ambition frowned upon in an period whilst professors mostly restricted themselves to instructing. Peirce's successors remodeled the maths division right into a world-class examine middle, attracting to the college such luminaries as George David Birkhoff. Influential figures quickly flocked to Harvard, a few overcoming nice demanding situations to pursue their elected calling. A historical past in Sum elucidates the contributions of those outstanding minds and makes transparent why the background of the Harvard arithmetic division is a vital a part of the historical past of arithmetic in the USA and beyond.
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