Saunders Mac Lane was an extraordinary mathematician, a dedicated teacher, and a good citizen who cared deeply about the values of science and education. In his autobiography, he gives us a glimpse of his "life and times," mixing the highly personal with professional observations. His recollections bring to life a century of extraordinary accomplis

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Part One: Early Years

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chapter 2|8 pages

High School

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Undergraduate at Yale

chapter 4|4 pages

Universal Knowledge and New Knowledge

chapter 5|8 pages

The University of Chicago, 1930

chapter 6|20 pages

Germany 1931-33

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Part Two: First Teaching

chapter 7|10 pages

Yale and Harvard

chapter 8|6 pages

Cornell and Chicago

chapter 9|2 pages

Surveying Modern Algebra

chapter 10|4 pages

Algebraic Functions

chapter 11|4 pages

First Graduate Students

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Part Three: Collaborative Research

chapter 13|6 pages

Eilenberg Enters

chapter 14|6 pages


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Part Four: The War Years

chapter 15|4 pages

Much More Applied Math

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Cynthia Enters

chapter 17|4 pages

War Research: Roll, Pitch, and Yaw

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Part Five: Eilenberg and Mac Lane

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Cautiously Publishing Category Theory

chapter 19|4 pages

The Cohomology of Groups

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Eilenberg-Mac Lane Spaces

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Part Six: Harvard Years

chapter 21|6 pages

Professor at Harvard

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University Presidents

chapter 23|4 pages

Jib and Mainsail

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chapter 25|10 pages

Have Guggenheim, Will Travel

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Part Seven: Chicago in the Fifties

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Return to Chicago

chapter 27|6 pages

The Stone Age at Chicago

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The Stone Age Comes to an End

chapter 29|6 pages

Hutchins and the University

chapter 30|2 pages

The College Mathematics Staff

chapter 31|4 pages

Univeral Algebra and Think Tanks

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Part Eight: Mathematical Developments

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Mathematical Organizations

chapter 33|4 pages

Bourbaki-the Legend

chapter 34|4 pages

The New Math

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Categories Expand

chapter 36|8 pages

The Grand Tour of Europe, 1954

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Paris and Cartan. 1955-56

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Part Nine: National Academy of Science

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The National Research Council

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The Academy Proceedings

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Part Ten: The Sixties and Beyond

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Homological Algebra

chapter 42|4 pages

Categories: La Jolla & Columbia

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Geometrical Mechanics

chapter 44|4 pages

Outdoors on the Indiana Dunes

chapter 45|4 pages

Categories at Work

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Part Eleven: National Science Policy

chapter 46|4 pages

As President of the AMS

chapter 47|6 pages

Academy Reports

chapter 48|2 pages

George Kistiakowski

chapter 49|12 pages

Report Review

chapter 50|8 pages

The National Science Board

chapter 51|4 pages

Science Policy

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Part Twelve: Travels

chapter 52|6 pages

Visits to China

chapter 53|4 pages

Anniversary at the Dunes, 1983

chapter 54|4 pages

Dorothy’s Delights

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Part Thirteen: Advising

chapter 55|8 pages

Chicago Graduate Students

chapter 56|2 pages

Friends and Mentors

chapter 57|2 pages

Rating Research

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The NAS Research Roundtable

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Part Fourteen: Later Developments

chapter 59|2 pages

The Philosophy of Mathematics

chapter 60|6 pages

Second Marriage

chapter 61|4 pages

International Category Conferences

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Part Fifteen: Contemplating

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Mathematics Departments

chapter 63|4 pages

Collaborative Research

chapter 64|4 pages

Career Choice: Inheritance of Precision?