By L.A. Steen

The target of the current publication of essays is to show to the clever nonmathematician whatever of the character, improvement, and use of mathe matical strategies, relatively those who have came upon program in present clinical learn. the belief of assembling any such quantity is going again at the very least to 1974, whilst it was once mentioned via the then-newly-formed Joint tasks Committee for arithmetic (JPCM) of the yankee Mathematical Soci ety, the Mathematical organization of the US, and the Society for Indus trial and utilized arithmetic. presently, the 9 participants of the JPCM are Saunders Mac Lane (Chairman) of the collage of Chicago, Frederick J. Almgren, Jr. of Princeton collage, Richard D. Anderson of Louisiana nation college, George E. provider of Harvard collage, Hirsh G. Cohen ofthe overseas enterprise Machines company, Richard C. DiPrima of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Robion C. Kirby of the college of California at Berkeley, William H. Kruskal of the college of Chicago, and George D. Mostow of Yale collage. The JPCM made up our minds to make creation of this quantity its first significant proj ect and asked the convention Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), of which its 3 sponsoring societies are all member organiza tions, to technique the nationwide technology starting place on its behalffor help of the venture. an offer submitted via the C BMS in December 1974 and in revised shape in July 1975 was once granted via the root in might 1976, and paintings on assembling the quantity obtained lower than means.

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