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Loving and Hating Mathematics by Reuben Hersh, Vera John-Steiner

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Mathematical Communities

What sorts of communities do mathematicians form? How do their communities shape their lives? We will describe some informal groups, which were formed around specific needs of their participants. Whether inside or outside universities, communities that were fueled by a shared vision have brought about significant change in mathematics.

Insiders and Outsiders

Stan Ulam has written:

Much of the historical development of mathematics has taken place in specific centers. These centers, large or small, have formed around a single person or a few individuals, and sometimes as a result of the work of a number of people—a group in which mathematical activity flourished. Such a group possesses more than just a community of ...

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