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Math Library Exhibit – History of the Mathematics Department

The Math Library has been working hard all week to enact their latest exhibit for Reunion 2014.  The exhibit showcases “famous firsts”, including first prominent professors and department chairs of the Cornell Mathematics Department.  We are also showcasing early women pioneers in mathematics, the first African American to earn a PhD in Mathematics (it was at Cornell) and the first thesis produced in math at Cornell.  All images and documents were housed in our Rare Books and Manuscripts Division and scanned by DCAPS.  Special thanks also goes to Laurent Saloff-Coste, current Mathematics Department Chair and his graduate student assistants Kelsey Ann Houston-Edwards and Ahmad Rafqi for providing research and information.

In addition to our exhibit, stop by and take a self-guided walking tour of the portraits hanging in the library!  Walking tour handouts are available near the exhibit.

Here are some photos of the exhibit – more details to come!

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