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ERIC Number: EJ872623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
Under-Represented Then Over-Represented
Hersh, Reuben
College Mathematics Journal, v41 n1 p2-9 Jan 2010
"Over-representation" of Jews in the world of mathematics is a common observation, but rarely discussed in print. In response to a new book on the subject by Ioan James, this paper recounts the author's own interaction with Jewish over-representation at universities in the U.S., and also gives information about Hungary and Italy. The contrast with the drastic under-representation of Jews in U.S. mathematics in the 1920's and 30's is discussed and an explanation is given of how under-representation became over-representation and how this over-representation presently is fading away.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hungary; Italy; United States