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The first nonabsolute number is the number of people for whom the table is reserved. This will vary during the course of the first three telephone calls to the restaurant, and then bear no apparent relation to the number of people who actually turn up, or to the number of people who subsequently join them after the show/match/party/gig, or to the number of people who leave when they see who else has turned up.
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Who's That Mathematician? Images from the Paul R. Halmos Photograph Collection
For more information about Paul R. Halmos (1916-2006) and about the Paul R. Halmos Photograph Collection, please see the introduction to this article on page 1.
Paul Halmos served as chair of the mathematics department at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu during 1968-69 and he had many mathematical visitors during this time. (See page 2 and page 10 of this collection, for instance.) Four of his visitors during 1969 were Ivan and Crina Singer and Allen and Joan Shields. Allen Shields (1927-1989) visited the University of Hawaii for a semester from his home campus, the University of Michigan (where Halmos had been a professor from 1961 to 1968), while Ivan Singer visited UH for one week from much farther away, Romania. Actually, Singer was a Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa in 1969, and he and Crina traveled during the Winter Break to the West Coast of the U.S. so that he could give a series of talks and to Honolulu, Hawaii, for one week so he could work with Halmos. Besides doing mathematics, Singer remembers that he and Crina spoke Hungarian with Halmos because he wanted to practice it and that they had a wonderful time as tourists, taking in, for instance the Kodak Hula Show, and as guests of Paul and Virginia Halmos.
Left to right: Paul Halmos, Allen Shields, Joan Shields, and Ivan Singer in Honolulu, Hawaii
You may use the photographs on this page in your classroom; for all other purposes, please contact Ivan Singer, Institute of Mathematics, Romanian Academy, or MAA Convergence Editor Janet Beery so that she may seek permission for you from Prof. Singer.
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Beery, Janet and Carol Mead, "Who's That Mathematician? Images from the Paul R. Halmos Photograph Collection," Loci (January 2012), DOI: 10.4169/loci003801
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