Greenberg, John L. and Goodstein, Judith R. (1983) Theodore von Kármán and the arrival of applied mathematics in the United States, 1930-1940. Humanities Working Paper, 77. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090911-151628230
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Applied mathematics as a discipline scarcely existed in the U. S. fifty years ago. Although its rise in America is traditionally associated with World War II, Theodore von Karman had waged a long and vigorous campaign well before Pearl Harbor to make applied mathematics respectable to engineers and mathematicians. In the course of advocating the use of mathematics and physics to solve applied problems, he challenged the prevailing philosophy of engineering programs, locked horns with recalcitrant journal editors, and generally encountered the obstacles to building a discipline that cuts across conventional boundaries.
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|Additional Information:||This research was supported in part by a grant from the Haynes Foundation|
|Group:||Humanities Working Papers|
|Official Citation:||Greenberg, John L., Goodstein, Judith R. Theodore von Kármán and the arrival of applied mathematics in the United States, 1930-1940. Pasadena, CA: California Institute of Technology, 1983. Humanities Working Paper, No. 77.|
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|Deposited By:||Lindsay Cleary|
|Deposited On:||14 Sep 2009 15:39|
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