interesting things about mathematics and astronomy are also shown and discussed below.

Here are Professors George Andrews, Jocelyn Quaintance and Henry Gould at WVU in September 2007:

Below, an old photo of H. W. Gould and L. C. Hsu:

Photo of Professors H. W. Gould and L. C. Hsu (徐利治) at West Virginia University, circa 1980.

On the wall are a photo of Prof. John A. Eiesland (1867-1950), Chair of WVU Math. Dept.

1907-1938, who was born in Norway; and a portrait of Niels H. Abel (1802-1829), the very

famous Norwegian mathematician. Leetsch C. Hsu wrote to Gould in 1965, seven years before

Nixon's memorable trip to China to meet Chairman Mao. Hsu and Gould began a collaboration

and published a seminal paper on a generalized series inversion pair in the Duke Mathematical

Journal, Vol. 40(1973), pp. 885-891. The paper appeared just after relations between USA and

PRC were re-established.

Professor Leetsch Charles Hsu (徐利治) at West Virginia University in mid-1970's.

The sign in Chinese (Chung Mei liang guo ren-min peng-you wan-sui) says

"Long live the friendship of the Chinese and American People."

WVU Magazine article (Fall 1972) photo of Prof. Gould writing Chinese

on blackboard, circa 1972. It says "Quotation from President Harlow:

'Long live West Virginia'." (Xi fu-ji-ni-yah wan-sui!)

Ambikeshwar Sharma and Paul Erdös at West Virginia University circa 1986-89.

Photo by H. W. Gould. Uncle Paul visited WVU three times (3-5 March 1986;

4-6 April 1987; and 28-31 March 1989). Ambikeshwar visited several times. He was a professor many years at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

This is the original Half-Professor Charlie Brown (1970-1981), shown relaxing at home.

He was given his title by then University President James G. Harlow. Dr. Harlow told

me: "Henry you are a Full Professor; I like your little dog Charlie Brown, and I hereby

make him a Half Professor. I can't give him a higher title, because then the State would

have to pay him benefits!" Charlie was mostly beagle, could count to 10, and had 10 years

of classes at WVU. His successor is Half-Professor Spotsie Ann, a Jack Russell Terrier.

Besides many canine friends, Gould has been surrounded by many feline assistants, and

one of them was a 20-year-old black Siamese named Kahlil Gibran who liked to sleep

wrapped up in Gould's hair. Kahlil passed away 8 April 2010 due to renal failure. Spotsie Ann is now 16 years old. In April 2009 Spotsie was ill with Canine Geriatric Vestbulitis Syndrome, and took 3 weeks to recover. The etiology of this disease (affecting dogs around 12 to 16 years old) is not completely understood, It causes nystigma (roaming of eyes) and general ataxia (trouble with body movements and balance). No cure is know, but dogs do recover. Spotsie did recover, with an after-effect of a tilt to her left side. She has had a second bout with it in March 2010, and is again recovering. Vestibulitis, a disease of the inner ear, may also affect children and adults. Unfortunately Spotsie developed other difficulties and died on 14 Sept. 2010.

Below is Professor Gould with Half-Professor Charlie Brown during office hours in 1975.

At one time Gould had a career in broadcast radio as announcer and engineer. Here he is

at the microphone in 1949 at radio station WUVA, the student station at the University

of Virginia. He ran a three hour program of classical music. Also he rebuilt the transmitter

to get more power output and a better signal for the station.

While he played LP classical music records on the air, he worked

out proofs of combinatorial identities! Mozart makes good Math.

Henry (Hank) Gould at his shortwave ham station K4CQA in 1957

at the University of North Carolina. He contacted all U. S. states and

over 100 countries using Morse code on the 40 and 20 meter bands. This

equipment was used to monitor the first 3 Soviet sputnik satellites.

photo by Harvey Diamond

Henry and Jean Gould at Henry's 'first' seventy-fifth birthday party on 26 August 2003.

photo by Harvey Diamond

Group of faculty at Gould's 75th birthday party. Note attentive Half-Professor Spotsie Ann!

photo by H. W. Gould

Archimedean Screw, built by Joshua Taylor for demonstration in

Math. 218, History of Mathematics Class, April 2006. Device invented

2000 years ago by Archimedes for raising water to a higher level.

It would be simply colossal for enterprising WVU students to devise

such a device to pump beer up from a tub up into cups at beer pong

parties! It could be called a BEER SCREW!

"See, he has two eyes, but if he crosses them he'll be minus one."

(i times i equals -1) - - Cartoon drawn by Paul Louis Goodfriend

when we were high school students in 1945. Goodfriend (1930-1995) became a chemist and taught at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine. In 1945-46 he, Bernard Brown and I extracted Uranium from glass used in the manufacture of neon signs.

Garfield tells all about Research!

When you espy a mathematician somewhat drowsy,

he is not really sleeping he is doing mental research.

photo by H. W. Gould

This is a view of some remains of the 7-foot refracting telecope

bought for WVU in 1872 by Prof. Samuel G. Stevens. It was made

in NYC by John Byrne, successor to Henry Fitz. WVU students

burned the old observatory down in Nov. 1919 to celebrate

WVU beating Princeton University in football by 25 to zilch.

The telescope itself was rescued by Professor Eiesland, only to be

destroyed in another fire c.1950 when the old Mechanical Hall

burned. Oldtimers have told me about going up to "Observatory

Hill" in 1910 to see Halley's comet. The Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKA)

Fraternity house was erected in 1965 on the exact spot where the

observatory once stood. I remember seeing a 13 foot diameter ring

of burned earth at that spot when the PIKA was being built. A large

steel rod was found sticking up from the ground at the center; most

likely being a rigid center to which the telescope was anchored.

The burned remains of the observatory had been removed around

1931 by a WPA crew, and the spot remained clear until the PIKA

house was built.

photo by H. W. Gould

Here is another view of some remaining parts of the 1872 telescope,

showing rack and pinion focus part and the end that held a 5-inch

lens with 7 foot focal length. It had mahogany strips for the barrel.

It is hoped to make a new lens and resurrect this ancient instrument.

The telescope cost Professor Stevens $400.00 from his own pocket.

The University had no money for equipment, so he bought it himself,

having convinced the University to let him teach an extra class for

$400.00.

James Scott Stewart

James Scott Stewart was Head of WVU Mathematics Department

from 1891-93 and 1894-1907. He was trained at West Virginia, the

first civilian and the last before Eiesland arrived in 1907 (see below).

Curiously enough, Robert Allen Armstrong, Professor of English,

was Head of WVU Mathematics for 1893-1894, a period when James

Scott Stewart was improperly relieved of his duties, but then reinstated.

This has happened when Jerome Raymond was WVU President.

Stewart had a home on Willey Street precisely where the present West

Virginia Junior College stands. He also served as University Librarian.

Today WVU Mathematics is housed in Armstrong Hall. (more below)

Some interesting information about the life of James Stewart may

be found at the following website:

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~usbios/Ohio/bios/jefferson/jsstewart.txt

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From 1867 to 1891 the War Department assigned a military officer to be

Commandant of Cadets and Professor of Military Science and Tactics at

West Virginia University. This was the standard procedure at Land Grant

Schools in America. WVU was poor, so they had the military man also teach

mathematics. In 1877-1878, WVU had an excellent military math. teacher

by the name of Lt. James Monroe Ingalls. W. Va. Senator Waitman T.

Willey tried to get U. S. President Rutherford B. Hayes to allow Ingalls to

stay at WVU, but Hayes said he could nothing, as he was only the President

and could not over-rule the War Department. (WVU has the letter from Hayes)

Ingalls went on to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, where he founded the U. S. Army

Ballistics School. He published major papers and tables for exterior ballistics

which have been extremely important, even today.

Ingalls was very keen to recognize and support mathematics. While Ingalls

was at WVU, James Joseph Sylvester founded the American Journal

of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University in 1877-78. Major Ingalls was

listed as one of the very first 100 subscribers to this extremely important

new journal and in this small way a mathematician at West Virginia University

aided in the support of the first important American mathematics journal.

JOHNNY EIESLAND

This is Johan Arndt Eiesland (1867-1950) who was WVU Math. Head

1907-1938. He was from Norway, received his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins

in 1898. He was the first significant mathematician in West Virginia

directing the first two Ph.D.'s here in 1934. He was also one of the first

brain drains from Norway, as explained in a 2005 paper in Norway by

Professor Trygve Breiteig. WVU named a building for Eiesland. We occupied

Eiesland Hall for eighteen years.We once had a memorial to him in our

Mathematics Research Library in our present quarters in Armstrong

Hall, but it was discontinued when the Library was eliminated. Eiesland's late

niece Miss Mary Jo Mitchell left modest funds to establish an Eiesland Visiting

Professorship in Mathematics.

Remark: "Eiesland" is a Norwegian name NOT German. WVU people and

students spell it incorrectly and mispronounce it as if it were "Eisland. It is NOT

ICE-land. Johnny Eiesland himself pronounced his name as "AZE-land". You get

an A if you spell it right and say it right and teach it to everyone you meet!

(The combination "eie"is rare in German except in "Eier" meaning "eggs").

A short story about Eiesland by Professor Trygve Breiteig of Adger University

College, Kristiansand, Norway, has been published on pp. 23-24 of the Spring 2006

issue of the Eberly College Magazine (WVU). This is a very brief adaptation

from Professor Breiteig's longer article appearing in a Norwegian book discussing

100 years of science in Norway.

We interrupt our sequence of WVU math. chairs to show one of Eiesland's

favorite pictures, a portrait of the famous Norwegian mathematician Niels

Henrik Abel. The original was a heliotpe of a drawing done by Johan Görbitz

in Paris in 1826. Görbitz (1782-1853) was a noted Norwegian artist who

lived in Bergen, Norway. Eiesland kept this portrait near his desk. Abelian

groups were named for Abel of course.

Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829)

"Weierstrass satte Abels arbeider overordentlig

hØit; han gav alltid det räd til sine elever:

'Laes Abel!' " quoted by Carl StØrmer in the Norsk

Matematisk Tidskrift, Vol. 11(1929), page 137.

[Translation: Weierstrass placed Abel's work very

high; he always gave the advice to his students:

'Read Abel.']

Clarence Newton Reynolds, Jr.

(1890-1954) Head of WVU Mathematics Departmenrt, 1938-1946. He

was at first a student of Maxime Bocher at Harvard. After Bocher's death,

Reynolds took his Ph.D. under G. D. Birkhoff, and spent the rest of his

life at WVU trying to prove the Four Color Conjecture. In two papers in the

Annals of Mathematics in 1926-1927 Reynolds was able to use clsassical

reduction techniques to prove that four colors suffice for all maps having

no more than 28 countries. This was one of the best results until 1976

when Kenneth Appell, Wolfgang Haken and graduate student John Koch

used computers and new techniques to prove the theorem that 4 colors always

suffice. Reynolds had joyously told a friend of mine (retired Professor Wilbur

Bluhm) who had been a student at WVU circa 1946, that he had proved the

4CC, but it is said that Philip Franklin found an error in the proof. I have not

been able to find the manuscript in his posthumous papers, so it remains

unknown whether he was onto something. He did leave a large table of

'topologically applicable number-theoretic functions', but no evidence how

this might have been applied. He gave a talk about this at the 1950

International Congress of Mathematicians at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Reynolds patented a 'Relativity Slide Rule' in the 1910 to 1920 period that

shows how Einstein's addition of velocities operates. I have his large,

working classroom model, a wooden device about six feet long. He

published a paper about this in the old Bulletin of the West Virginia University

Scientific Association, Vol. 2(1923), pp. 3-11, showing how to construct and

operate it. A photo of this device is displayed here:

Here is the four foot long wooden working model of the Relativity

Slide Rule invented by Professor C. N. Reynolds.

Remark: I shall never forget my own excitement when Frank Bernhart

told me in 1976 about the amazing new and correct proof of the 4CC! This

event was a highlight of our conversation at the AMS Summer Meeting at

Toronto, Canada in August 1976. But wouldn't it be comforting to find an

old-fashioned proof we could check easily?

Hannibal Albert Davis

(1899-1992) Hannibal A. Davis was Head of WVU Mathematics 1946-1960.

He did his Ph.D. in classical geometry under Virgil Snyder at Cornell Univ.

He directed the third of the early WVU mathematics Ph.D. degrees in 1940,

his student being Allen B. Cunningham. As with almost all the faculty at WVU

between 1907 and 1950 he worked on Cremona transformations and other

non-involutorial transformations. Work in these areas at WVU reached zero

by 1950 as topology was on the ascendancy in American mathematics.

(Reynolds was an exception at WVU, being primarly a topologist.)

(The author of this web page was hired by Davis in 1958, and it was he who

urged me to seek support by way of an NSF research grant.

To my doubt about being able to get a such a grant, Hannibal quipped:

"You'll never know unless you try!" That was excellent advice!)

Remark: Hannibal and his wife Tyreeca were both mathematicians but also

were botanists and internationally known for their study and collections

of genus rubus (raspberry bushes).

Joseph Kyle Stewart (1906-1987)

Joe Stewart was Head of WVU Mathematics 1960-1965. He was the first

math. Ph.D. to graduate at WVU (in 1934) having worked under Eiesland.

He also was Associate Dean of the Graduate School. He did some work

with WVU physicists involving vibrations of Chladni plates, which

involved Bessel functions.

In the same year (1934) Reginald Horton Downing (from Nova Scotia)

(1908-1987) received a Ph.D. under Eiesland's direction. Downing was Math.

Chair at the Air Force Institute of Technology and Dean there for most of his

career starting in 1947 and retiring in 1974.

See the following web page for more information about Reggie Downing:

http://www.afit-aog.org/downing.html

Iland Dee Peters

I. Dee Peters (1919-1990). Dee Peters was acting chair of WVU Mathematics,

1965-67 and 1972-73, and regular chair 1973-79. His interests were modern

algebra and improving the teaching of mathematics.

James Clifton Eaves (1912-2002)

J. C. Eaves came to West Virginia from the University of Kentucky,

and was Chair of Math at WVU, 1967-1972, also holding a Centennial

Professorship. Eaves was National Director of the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics

honorary. He worked in linear algebra and matrices.

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This marks the last of our initial series of photos of WVU Math. chairs.

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A S T R O N O M Y

Here is the late Professor Charles (Chuck)

Nelson Cochran (1923-2000) of the WVU Mathematics Department, who taught astronomy,

and who was the principal Founder in 1963 of the

National Youth Science Camp held every

summer at Greenbank, WV.

Two students from each of the 50 states come to this camp

every summer. In 1963 WVU Student Roger Mersing and

I obtained 200 3-inch glass disks and optical abrasive from

the Houze Glass Plant in Pt. Marion, Pennsylvania, and each

Youth Camp student was shown how to grind a telescope mirror.

Roger Mersing (1941-2009) took a degree in physics at WVU and later worked with NASA,

He will always be remembered for his vast enthusiasm for astronomy and his wonderful personality.

Below is a photo of the present WVU observatory located on top

of Hodges Hall (Physics Building).

It houses a 14-inch Schmidt Cassegrain reflector. In Hodges Hall we also have the

excellent Tomchin Memorial Planetarium, which offers hundreds of shows all year.

The telescope and observatory were made possible by gifts of Harold Tomchin (1915-1999).

Initial contact with Tomchin was made by Prof. Wilbur H. Bluhm (1920-2008) (math.) and

Prof. H. W. Gould. (Tomchin owned a furniture company in southern W. Va.)

photo by H. W. Gould

Current WVU Observatory

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Now let's go back a hundred years:

Here below is a view of the original WVU Observatory circa 1905.

This is from a glass plate negative found by August Mastrogiuseppe

in the WVU Wise Library around 1965. The photo was classified

then incorrectly as "WVU Silo". The gentleman sitting at the right

is unknown. As we indicated previously above, the old observatory

was built in 1901 and burned by students in 1919 to celebrate WVU

beating Princeton in football by 25 to 0.

Original WVU Observatory circa 1905

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Now we go back just 42 years to an astronomy club:

This is a view of the Morgantown Astronomy Club on 10 February 1967. Present in photo:

1st Row, left to right: Joseph Veltri, Jr., James Veltri, Tom Bolyard, Mark Peterson, and Robert Nugent.

2nd Row, left to right: Robert L. Smith, Jr., Raymond Hobbs, Brian Johnston, Leslie Kane (Chemist),

John Schafer, William C. Grady. Tom Smith, and Joe Viola.

3rd Row, left to right: Prof. Leonard Sizer, Tom Conforti, Charles L. Grubb, Prof. Tony Winston,

Harley Burton, Prof. Henry Gould (the guy with the beard), Dale Luketich, Dave Hall, Prof. Wilbur

Bluhm, Prof. Robert L. Smith, Sr., A. Dale Randolph, Joseph Veltri. Sr., Prof. Virgil Peterson, and

David L. Smith (who took the photograph).

The club existed from 1965 until around 1980. Over 100 people were members and they had around 40 telescopes among them, Two students had spent a long time grinding and polishing 8 and 10 inch mirrors for their own telescopes. This photo was at the home of the late Arthur Dale Randolph.

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Now . . . some administrative humor:

photo by H. W. Gould

The Big Stick thirty years ago

The Big Stick was a humorous device we invented

as a result of outside advice that a "big stick" should

be applied by the Chair to get faculty cooperation!

It has two sides: Pure Side and "Applied" Side.

Seen holding the Big Stick 30 years ago was Acting

Chair James Miller. In the next picture he is shown

today posing with the Big Stick for nostalgia.

photo by H. W. Gould

The Big Stick Today

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Now we move on to show our first new Ph.D. student:

photo by H. W. Gould

Gary Seldomridge

Dissertation defense of WVU's first modern Ph.D. student in 1992

Gary is the tall guy with white shirt and tie!

Cake to congratulate Gary Seldomridge!

photo by H. W. Gould

Another view of dignitaries at Gary's dissertation defense. In center, in blue suit,

is the then WVU President Neil Bucklew, flanked by Gary and Gary's wife Debbie, who

is also a mathematician. At far right is Prof. Sam B. Nadler, Jr., Gary's dissertation

adviser. Since 1992 we have graduated at least 34 Ph.D students. Our Department

has considerable strength in discrete mathematics (combinatorics and graph theory),

number theory, continuum and hyperspace theory, and other developing areas.

The current doctoral program came about when Alphonse Baartmans was Chair

circa 1982-85. He had me initiate a regular seminar on combinatorics and discrete

mathematics, which has met almost every Wednesday during the regular academic year

ever since, bringing in numerous excellent speakers. For example we had Paul

Erdös here three different years. I also remember teaching our first graph theory course.

The current Seminar Director is Prof. John Goldwasser.

Next we cannot forget to show a recent happy moment:

photo by H. W. Gould

This is new WVU mathematics Ph.D. graduate Likin Simon Romero

with his new bride at their wedding here in Morgantown. Beaming

behind them is Likin's adviser Professor Sam B. Nadler, Jr.

photo by H. W. Gould

Here is a collection of rare and valuable old plaster geometric models

in our WVU Department. Most were made in Germany in the nineteenth

century, and are still very useful in teaching and research.

photo by H. W. Gould

This is a very old string model of a cone. It is shown

twisted around so as to show a hyperboloid as a ruled

surface with two generators.

I have a model (to show here later) which I built in 1958

for Prof. Hannibal Davis showing a twisted cubic, which

is a curve in 3-space formed when two cones intersect

in a common generator. From one viewpoint it looks

like a cubic curve and from another like a parabola.

T E S S E R A C T

The author likes to make models for classroom use. Here is a simple wire model of a tesseract,

a three dimensional projection of a cube extended to four dimensions. . . . Imagine a room now

and the same room an hour later. Of course we cannot show four mutually perpendicular lines

in 3-space. think of length, width, height, and time.

Mysterium Cosmographicum

Kepler's first model of the solar system in which he ingeniously used

the five Platonic solids circumscribed with spheres to show the orbits

of the planets. With the discovery of new planets and eccentricities

of the orbits he had to abandon this model and was then led to his

three famous laws of planetary motion.

Sunflower pattern. 55 spirals in one direction

and 89 in the other direction. There are always a

Fibonacci number of spirals! (This was a 12-inch sunflower)

photo by H. W. Gould

Here is group of faculty at a lecture in Fall of 2005. Left to right: Visiting speaker, Prof. C. Q. Zhang,

Chairman Sherman Riemenschneider, Prof. Yusheng Xu, and Prof. Hong-Jian Lai.

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MUSIC AND MATHEMATICS

Music and Mathematics are closely related. I offer below an example of such a connection. Here is a poster

announcing a mathematical lecture by the famous Metropolitan Opera star Jerome Hines:

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Seminar on Combinatorial and Discrete Mathematics

Special Lecture Announcement

Special Lecture Announcement

Mr. Jerome Hines

Metropolitan Opera Basso

will give a lecture on

Operator Mathematics

Operator Mathematics

Friday 7 October 1994, at 3:30 PM,

324 Armstrong Hall, Refreshments at 3:00 P.M.

324 Armstrong Hall, Refreshments at 3:00 P.M.

Mr. Hines will later be heard in an Operatic Concert at West

Virginia University on Saturday 8 October.

Virginia University on Saturday 8 October.

Mr. Hines sang here in Morgantown on Sunday 6 February 1994. His opera fans may not all know that Jerry majored

in chemistry and mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, before going on to his world-famous career as

an opera singer. His operatic repertoire covers some 30 different roles, singing at the New York Metropolitan Opera,

Milan's La Scala, and the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. In his book "This is My Story, This is My Song", published in 1968,

he wrote:

"With my parents' blessing I went to the University of California at Los Angeles to study chemistry. As my studies progressed I began taking extra courses by examination, in addition to my regular curriculum, which enabled me to pick up enough extra credits to acquire a double major. And what was the extra subject? Mathematics! The very subject in which I had done so poorly in junior high. It had now taken a place of immense importance in my studies because of its necessity in science, and I was growing to enjoy it more than any of my other academic pursuits."

Mr. Hines published several papers on operator mathematics and has maintained his interest and activity with this

subject over the years. He loves music, mathematics and people, and it is a distinct pleasure to welcome him to our community and have him share with us his immense enthusiasm for mathematics as well as music.

Henry W. Gould

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Note: Jerome Hines was born 8 Nov. 1921 and died 4 Feb. 2003. he was blessed with a marvelous basso voice, and

he had a lifelong love of music, mathematics and people. He actually wrote a paper about generalized Stirling numbers

that was published in the Mathematics Magazine, vol. 29(1956), No. 4, March-April, pp.200-203, at the very time I

was myself writing a master's thesis on these numbers. At the time he sang here at WVU and gave the lecture announced

above, he was writing a very long book on "Infinite Numbers." Jerry and I had planned to revise this for publication, and

this project may yet eventually be accomplished. His mathematical mentor in California was Professor William M.

Whyburn at UCLA. Curiously enough I also knew Professor Whyburn myself years later (1957) when I studied at the

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N. C. after Whyburn had moved there. My father had an excellent voice, and

my uncle William Benjamin Gould was a tenor singing here and in Europe, Dad took me to hear Jerry Hines sing many

years ago. Hines was tne mentor of batoneinger/theologian Joseph Shore, who has collected recordings of

Jerome Hines and plced them on YouTube.

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Here is a quick view of Gould's file card index of

30,000 file cards on the mathematics literature:

This index is arranged by topics: Binomial Sums, Bernoulli Numbers,

Stirling Numbers, Bell Numbers, Catalan Numbers, Biographies,

WVU Math. Dept. History (from 1867), etcetera. These file cards

include data such as author, title, journal, date, etc. and include

information such as abstracts, reviews, and so on. The file system

was begun around 1948. Also a very partial index of my library of

several thousand mathematics books and journals.

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Professor Gould shows a copy of the rare 1796 book by C. F. Hindenburg concerning

partitions to Professor George E. Andrews, Eiesland Visiting Professor Jocelyn Quaintance

and Henry's wife Jean. 20 September 2007

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Henry Gould and George Andrews discuss compositions

and partitions. Professor Andrews gave a Colloqium talk

on "Gould's function and some partition problems."

20 September 2007

Professor Andrews is the Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics

at Penn State University. He is a member of the National

Academy of Sciences and is the President-Elect of the

American Mathematical Society. Andrews is a noted expert

on partition theory and the work of Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Dot Underwood, Assistant to W. Va. Governor Joe Manchin, presents

Honorary Mountaineer Award to Professor Gould, 20 September 2007,

in recognition of Gould's 49 years of service and scholarship at West

Virginia University.

The late Professor Wilbur H. Bluhm (22 Jan. 1920 - 15 Nov. 2008) at his desk at home surrounded by

his large library of several thousand mathematics and philosophy books. Bluhm took his master's degree

at West Virginia University in 1946 and did further graduate work at Columbia University. He taught

mathematics at Waynesburg College (1947-82); then taught mathematics and astronomy at West Virginia

University (1982-89). He knew WVU's Prof. Clarence N. Reynolds, Jr. who often shared with Bluhm his

love of research and his work trying to prove the Four Color Map Conjecture. As noted above it was

Bluhm's contact with Harold Tomchin (1915-1999) that led to WVU getting a large telescope and a new observatory. Professor Bluhm was a vast repository of knowledge about mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, language and ancient Biblical exegesis. He will be missed.

The old WVU Mathematics Research Library:

General view of the current journal shelves in the former WVU Mathematics Library (Photo by Gould)

Student studying in the old WVU Mathematics Library as it appeared before 2008 when

the space was turned into an undergraduate computer study hall with 150 computers.

The student in this photo is Mrs. Jean W. Gould, wife of Prof. Henry W. Gould

Several hundred current journal issues were always displayed, and hundreds of journals

were available for immediate browsing, some dating back to 1826 and earlier.

(Photo by H. W. Gould)

Last Updated 1 February 2016