Paul Halmos — Expositor Par Excellence

  • V. S. Sunder
Part of the Operator Theory Advances and Applications book series (OT, volume 207)


Paul Richard Halmos, one of the best expositors of mathematics — be it with pen on paper or with chalk on blackboard — passed away on October 2, 2006 after a brief period of illness. This article is an attempt to pay homage to him by recalling some of his contributions to mathematics.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)



Halmos Hilbert space operator theory ergodic theory 


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Suggested reading

  1. [1]
    P.R. Halmos, Selecta — Research Mathematics, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1983.Google Scholar
  2. [2]
    P.R. Halmos, Selecta — Expository Writing, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1983.zbMATHGoogle Scholar

Technical papers by Halmos

  1. [3]
    Ten Problems in Hilbert space, Bulletin of the AMS, Vol. 76, No. 5, pp. 9887–993, 1970.Google Scholar
  2. [4]
    Ten Years in Hilbert space, Integral Eqs. and Operator Theory, Vol. 2/4, pp. 529–564, 1979.Google Scholar

Expository articles by Halmos

  1. [5]
    How to write Mathematics, l’Enseignement mathématique, Vol. XVI, No. 2, pp. 123–152, 1970.Google Scholar
  2. [6]
    How to write Mathematics, Notices of the AMS, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 155–158, 1974.Google Scholar
  3. [7]
    The Teaching of Problem Solving, Amer. Math. Monthly, Vol. 82, No. 5, pp. 466–470, 1975.Google Scholar

Two non-technical books by Halmos

  1. [8]
    I want to be a Mathematician é an Automathography, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1985.Google Scholar
  2. [9]
    I have a Photographic Memory, AMS, Providence, RI, 1987.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. S. Sunder
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute of Mathematical SciencesChennaiIndia

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