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The Adventures of a Mathematician


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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1991 edition by
William G. Mathews and Daniel Hirsch

Preface to the 1983 edition


A Note on S. M. Ulam's Mathematics
by Jan Mycielski


PART 1: Becoming a Mathematician in Poland
1 . Childhood
2. Student Years
3. Travels Abroad

PART II: A Working Mathematician in America
4. Princeton Days
5. Harvard Years
6. Transition and Crisis
7. The University of Wisconsin

PART III: Life among the Physicists
8. Los Alamos
9. Southern California
10. Back at Los Alamos
11. The "Super"
12. The Death of Two Pioneers

PART IV: The Past Fifteen Years
13. Government Science
14. Professor Again
15. Random Reflections

Postscript to Adventures
by Fran9oise Ulam

About the Author

S. M. Ulam (1909-1984) was born in Poland and was a key member of the now legendary Polish School of Mathematics. In the United States from 1935 on, he received many academic appointments and honors and authored many articles, essays, and mathematical books, including Analogies between Analogies (California, 1990). Daniel Hirsch is President of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, located in Los Angeles. William G. Mathews is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Francoise Ulam is a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jan Mycielski is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado.

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