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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

P. R. Halmos Documentary Film Source Materials Collection, 1999, 2008



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Halmos, P. R. (Paul Richard), 1916-
Title: P. R. Halmos Documentary Film Source Materials Collection
Dates: 1999, 2008
Abstract: Collection consists of source materials for the making of the documentary film, “I Want to Be a Mathematician: A Conversation with Paul Halmos.”
Accession No.: 2009-043
Extent: 8 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Paul Richard Halmos (1916-2006) is known for his work in operator theory, ergodic theory, and functional analysis, as well as his mathematical exposition and his teaching style. His major teaching appointments were with the University of Chicago (1946-1960), the University of Michigan (1961-1967), Indiana University (1969-1985), and Santa Clara University (1985-1996). Halmos died October 2, 2006.

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Scope and Contents

Collection consists of source materials for the making of the documentary film. Material includes original film footage of interviews with Halmos and other mathematicians, external hard drive containing digitized photographs, film timelines, sound mix and art work for the project.

The 44-minute documentary, entitled “I Want to Be a Mathematician: A Conversation with Paul Halmos,” includes interviews with Halmos and other mathematicians, including Peter Renz, Robert Bekes, David Eisenbud, Jean Pedersen, and Donald Sarason. The project was funded and donated by the Educational Advancement Foundation and the Mathematical Association of America.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Footage may only be viewed using Apple Macintosh computers and QuickTime. The Briscoe Center does not currently have appropriate equipment to view the Betacam tapes.

Use Restrictions

Copyright belongs to the Educational Advancement Foundation and the Mathematical Association of America

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bekes, Robert
Csicsery, George
Eisenbud, David
Pedersen, Jean
Renz, Peter
Sarason, Donald
Subjects (Organizations)
Mathematical Association of America.
Santa Clara College (Calif.)
Zala Films (Firm)
Subjects
Mathematics
Mathematics education

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Related Material

Halmos (P. R.) Papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Halmos (P. R.) Documentary Film Source Materials Collection, 1999, 2008, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carol Mead, April 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
4RM226 Betacam tapes
Rolls 1-7, Aug. 4, 1999
Rolls 8-13, Nov. 22, 2008
Box
4RM227 La Cie external hard drive containing raw footage from Beta tapes and master edited version of the film (requires Final Cut Pro software, version 6 or higher for viewing), undated

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