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The information that Paul came to the United States in after his father became an American citizen comes from his own account of his life but the Census states that Paul Halmos emigrated to the United States in This must be an error in filling in the Census form. According to Paul they came to join their father before he did. Once Alexander Halmos had established himself in Chicago he had remarried. His second wife, Irene, was a widow with two daughters Alice Reich born in Illinois around and Jean Reich born in Illinois around Irene had been born in Hungary in about and had first married at the age of

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Accomplishments[ edit ] In a series of papers reprinted in his Algebraic Logic, Halmos devised polyadic algebras , an algebraic version of first-order logic differing from the better known cylindric algebras of Alfred Tarski and his students. An elementary version of polyadic algebra is described in monadic Boolean algebra. In addition to his original contributions to mathematics, Halmos was an unusually clear and engaging expositor of university mathematics.

He won the Lester R. Ford Award in [5] and again in shared with W. Ziemer, W. Wheeler, S. Moolgavkar, J. Ewing and W. Steele Prize for exposition. In the American Scientist 56 4 : —, Halmos argued that mathematics is a creative art, and that mathematicians should be seen as artists, not number crunchers. He discussed the division of the field into mathology and mathophysics, further arguing that mathematicians and painters think and work in related ways.

He called the book "automathography" rather than "autobiography", because its focus is almost entirely on his life as a mathematician, not his personal life.

Ask your own questions, look for your own examples, discover your own proofs. Is the hypothesis necessary? Is the converse true? What happens in the classical special case? What about the degenerate cases? Where does the proof use the hypothesis? What does it take to be [a mathematician]? I think I know the answer: you have to be born right, you must continually strive to become perfect, you must love mathematics more than anything else, you must work at it hard and without stop, and you must never give up.

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Accomplishments[ edit ] In a series of papers reprinted in his Algebraic Logic, Halmos devised polyadic algebras , an algebraic version of first-order logic differing from the better known cylindric algebras of Alfred Tarski and his students. An elementary version of polyadic algebra is described in monadic Boolean algebra. In addition to his original contributions to mathematics, Halmos was an unusually clear and engaging expositor of university mathematics. He won the Lester R.

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Nov 11, William Bies rated it it was amazing Linear algebra occupies an ambiguous place in the curriculum. Though it belongs at the same level as introductory calculus, it is not normally taught in high school. This reviewer took it in the fall semester of his freshman year at Princeton, as part of the coursework designed for honors students. The textbook for the course was Paul Halmos Finite-Dimensional Vector Spaces, in the Springer series of undergraduate texts in mathematics. The reviewer has fond memories of that course taught by Linear algebra occupies an ambiguous place in the curriculum.

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