[SIGCIS-Members] SIAM Oral Histories collection now at CHM!

Dag Spicer spicer at computerhistory.org
Tue Dec 17 10:51:02 PST 2013

Dear SIGCIS Friends,

I’m delighted to report that by special arrangement a unique series of high-quality interviews of applied mathematicians and computer science pioneers now have a permanent home at the Computer History Museum.  These were conducted by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), which, if you haven’t heard of them before, have, since 1951, been a clearinghouse (via conferences, journals and  publications) for technical information on computing, mathematics and the applications thereof.   As they say in their mission statement: “Applied mathematics, in partnership with computational science, is essential in solving many real-world problems. Our mission is to build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology through our publications, research, and community.”  SIAM also likes to point out that it’s acronym can also mean: "Science and Industry Advance with Mathematics”.  

The 36 interviews are available at this permanent URL: http://www.computerhistory.org/collections/catalog/102746778

Series Description: The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) oral histories collection contains thirty-six transcripts of applied mathematics and computer science pioneers conducted by SIAM as part of grant number DE-FG02-01ER25547, awarded by the US Department of Energy. These oral histories cover the modern history of numerical analysis and scientific computing, dealing specifically with topics of numerical linear algebra, numerical methods for differential and integral equations, methods of approximation of functions, mathematical software packages, and the impact of these developments on science and technology.

And, there’s a special SIGCIS connection: Our very own Tom Haigh conducted 20 of the interviews and they are excellent!

Best wishes,


Dag Spicer
Senior Curator
Computer History Museum

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