A Guide to the Paul M. Batchelder Papers, 1917-1918, 1952-1953, undated
Paul Mason Batchelder (1886-1971) was a professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth (1908), a master’s degree from Princeton (1910), and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1916), where his advisor was G. D. Birkhoff. In 1916, he began teaching at UT, where he remained until his retirement in 1954. His mathematical interests included difference equations, number theory, and astronomy.
This collection contains manuscripts and notes by Batchelder. One item is a compilation of "Galois Theory of Algebraic Equations" by Batchelder, explaining the area of mathematics that deals with the application of the theory of finite groups to the solution of algebraic equations.
The other items are two sets of handwritten notes by Batchelder. One set consists of notes, solutions, quiz, and final examination in Pure Mathematics 317 (Fall 1952 and January 1953), a course in number theory. The other set consists of solutions to some problems and exercises in E. T. Copson’s An Introduction to the Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1935).
Paul M. Batchelder Papers, 1917-1918, 1952-1953, undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
The first accession to this collection, made up of the Galois theory manuscript, was part of the UT Fleming (Richard T.) Writings Collection. Accession 2013-075, consisting of the two sets of handwritten notes, was transferred from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in November 2012, where it had been donated by Prof. R. E. Greenwood.
Detailed Description of the Papers