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Kleene, Stephen and J. Barkley Rosser [Transcript no. 23], 1984 April 26
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This is an interview with J. Barkley Rosser and Stephen C. Kleene in Madison, Wisconsin on 26 April 1984. The interviewer is William Aspray of the Charles Babbage Institute. Both Kleene and Rosser explain how they came to do graduate work at Princeton and how they came to be interested in logic. Both describe taking courses from Alonzo Church and Kurt Gödel. Kleene and Rosser discuss some of the other logicians doing work at that time, including W.V.O. Quine and Haskell Curry, and describe their Ph.D. research under Church. Kleene and Rosser talk about their own contributions and those of Church, E.L. Post, and Alan Turing to the clarification of the notion of computability. They talk, too, about the founding of the Journal of Symbolic Logic.
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This collection was updated by Lynn Durgin in 2015, with processing assistance from Carlos Sotelo, Class of 2017. At this time, content from a website titled "The Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s: An Oral-History Project" (created in 1999-2000 by Robert T. Jantzen '74, Professor of Mathematical Sciences Villanova University) was migrated to the finding aid, and transcripts were digitized and linked to the finding aid.
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Kleene, Stephen and J. Barkley Rosser [Transcript no. 23]; Department of Mathematics Oral History Project records, AC057, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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A website titled "The Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s: An Oral-History Project" that was created to provide online access to the transcripts has been preserved by the Internet Archive and is available at https://web.archive.org/web/20131024065717/http://www.princeton.edu/~mudd/finding_aids/mathoral/pm02.htm.
An index to names of individuals that are mentioned in the transcripts is available here: Index of Names.
Portions of the organizational history were borrowed from the achived website "The Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s" created by Robert Jantzen in 1999; this site is available in Series 2 of this finding aid.
- Institute for advanced study Princeton, N.J.
Alexander, James W., 1888-1971
Bochner, S. (Salomon), 1899-1982
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Eisenhart, Luther Pfahler, 1876-1965 -- Correspondence.
Lefschetz, Solomon, 1884-1972
Morse, Marston, 1892-1977
Veblen, Oswald, 1880-1960
Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957.
Weyl, Hermann, 1885-1955.