The honor you give me today is double: The first time you invite me to address you indebts me to you also for a splendid award. The occasion is twice doubly dear because it lets me say a little about two men connected with the prize: George D. Birkhoff himself, and a previous recipient, James Serrin. Both of these men have made an impress upon American and foreign styles in mathematics which I know to be healthful and hope will be lasting.
KeywordsConceptual Analysis Rational Mechanic Adjoint Boundary RICHARD Courant MARSTON Morse
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- This essay was first published in The Mathematical Intelligencer 1 (1978): 99–101. Printer’s errors in that text are here corrected. “The Society” mentioned is the American Mathematical Society.Google Scholar
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