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Celebrating 75 years of Mathematical Reviews (1940–2015)

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Transcript of Celebrating 75 years of Mathematical Reviews (1940–2015)

Celebrating
7
5
of
years
The founding of Mathematical Reviews
was a direct result of the social and political unrest in Germany in the 1930s.
Otto Neugebauer,
the founding editor, was a Professor of Mathematics at Brown University and was well known as a historian of mathematics.
The original editorial offices were located at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Credit: Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (owpdb.mfo.de)
Credit: Mathematisches Institut Oberwolfach (owpdb.mfo.de)
The annual subscription price was
$13.00
$6.50
list,
organizations (AMS and MAA),
for members of sponsoring
$3.25
for reviewers.
and
The list of reviewers in the first issue reads like a Who's Who of U.S. mathematicians:
Lars Ahlfors
Richard Courant
Paul Erdős
Einar Hille
Alston S. Householder
D. H. Lehmer
Saunders Mac Lane
John von Neumann
to name a few...
The first issue, containing
1940.
32 pages
176 reviews,
and
appeared in January of
700
there were about
subscribers and
350
reviewers.
Even before the first issue appeared,
Oswald Veblen,
had a long association with Princeton University.
The cover is orange because the
executive committee chairman,
The first issue was displayed at the annual meeting held in December of 1939 at the Ohio State University in Columbus.
1965
In
the editorial office was moved from Providence, RI to
Ann Arbor, MI.
In the early days, keeping track of reviewers and monitoring the progress of reviews from receipt to publication were done with card files.
MathSci Disc,
In March of 1989, the AMS became the first scientific society to release its database on CD-ROM.
Called
collection contained all of the reviews from MR 1985–1988 as well as 70,000 Current Mathematical Publications records.
the CD-ROM
Michigan Union
Brewing Company
The current home of
Mathematical Reviews
is a suitably colored
orange brick building,
built as the

in 1902.
1996
The year
marked the launch of
MathSciNet,
the first web-based electronic
presentation of the information
in the MR Database.
full-text reviews
In April of 1999,
from the early archives of
MathSciNet
Mathematical Reviews
were
added to the
database. All reviews from
80,000 pages!
1940–1979
were keyboarded—over
Today, the Mathematical Reviews
building houses 75 employees,
including departments for
Editors, Acquisitions,
Cataloging, Copyediting,
Reviewer Data Services,
Information Technology,
Administration.
and
With the help of over
volunteer reviewers from around the
world and listings from more than
journals, MR adds over
to the database each year.
17,000
2,000
100,000
items
Today, MathSciNet not only contains reviews of mathematical works, but also an extensive author database, full journal information, links to other MR entries, links to original articles, reference links, citations, and more.
Learn more about the history
of Mathematical Reviews at
www.ams.org/mr-75
Mathematical
Reviews
was launched by the American
Mathematical Society in 1940.
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