University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the R. H. Bing Interviews, 1984



Descriptive Summary

Creator Bing, R. H.
Title: R. H. Bing Interviews,
Dates: 1984
Abstract Interviews with mathematician R. H. Bing conducted by Michael Starbird and Suji Singh at Southwest Texas State in 1984.
Accession No. 2003-132
Extent 1 DVD
Laguage Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

R. H. Bing (1914-1986) graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College, San Marcos, in 1935 and, after several years as a high school mathematics teacher commenced graduate study at The University of Texas at Austin under R. L. Mooore, receiving his doctorate in 1945. In 1947 he moved to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he remained until returning to The University of Texas in 1973. Bing was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1965 (council member, 1970-1980), and was a member of the National Science Board (1968-1974) and of the National Research Council governing board (1977-1980). In 1974 he received the Mathematical Association of American Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics.

Bing's research concentrated on the geometric topology of 3-manifolds, particularly their pathology. His side approximation theorem for 2-spheres in Euclidean 3-space and his "Bing shrinking" procedure have been genrealized to higher dimensional manifolds. Bing summarized the field in his The Geomteric Topology of 3-Manifolds (1983).


Scope and Contents

Interviews with R. H. Bing conducted by Michael Starbird and Suji Singh at Southwest Texas State in 1984 at a topology conference in honor of Bing's 70th birthday. DVD includes one 30-minute and two 40-minute sessions.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.


Index Terms

Bing, R. H.
Singh, Suji
Starbird, Michael P.
Interviews
Mathematics -- Study and Teaching -- United States
Topology

Related Material

R. H. Bing Papers at the Archives of American Mathematics, Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Some R. H. Bing papers are also in the Archives of Southwest Texas State University.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

R. H. Bing Interviews, 1984, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Interviews

 
Box
4RM34 Three interviews of R. H. Bing on DVD, 1984