# Oral History Project

The 1930s saw the flowering of a unique mathematical community at Princeton University with the construction of a luxurious new building Fine Hall (now Jones Hall) dedicated to the mathematician and Dean Harry Fine and designed to facilitate a real community of mathematicians engaged in research and closely linked with mathematical physicists in the attached Palmer physics laboratory to which it was connected and shared a joint math-physics library. This community was unlike any other in America before that time and perhaps afterwards, and had important consequences for American mathematics. With the planning and founding of the Institute for Advanced Study at the beginning of the decade, originally having only a mathematics department, which then shared Fine Hall with the university mathematics department as a single institute during the period 1933 to 1939, starting with three of the university's leading mathematicians joined by Einstein and Gödel and attracting many visitors, a very exciting environment developed which many students and faculty were loath to leave. Half century later in 1984, one of the original participants Albert Tucker, himself a former mathematics department chair at Princeton, was motivated by Princetonian historian of science Charles Gillispie to capture some of the personal reminiscences of the remaining survivors of the period on tape himself with the help of William Aspray, which were then transcribed and organized into a body of written transcripts by then graduate student Rik Nebeker.

The original recordings of these conversations are housed at Princeton's Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, and transcripts are available below:

- Project introduction
- John Bardeen
- Valentine Bargmann (with Albert Tucker)
- George W. Brown and Alexander M. Mood
- Robert Cameron
- Alonzo Church
- Leon W. Cohen (with Albert Tucker)
- Joseph Daly and Churchill Eisenhart
- William L. Duren, Nathan Jacobson, and Edward J. McShane
- Churchill Eisenhart
- William Flexner (Closed until 2020)
- Merill Flood
- Alfred Leon, Else Foster, Derrick Lehmer, Emma Lehmer, and Frances Morrey (with Albert Tucker)
- John Giese
- James Wallace Givens, Abraham H. Taub, and Angus E. Taylor (also with Leon Henkin and Albert Tucker)
- Herman Goldstine (with Albert Tucker)
- Robert E. Greenwood (with Albert Tucker)
- Israel Halperin (with Albert Tucker)
- Leon Henkin and Albert Tucker
- Banesh Hoffman (with Albert Tucker)
- Robert Hooke
- John Kemeny (with Albert Tucker)
- Stephen Kleene and J. Barkley Rosser
- Jack Levine (with Albert Tucker)
- Deane Montgomery (with Albert Tucker)
- Malcolm Robertson
- Robert Singleton (with Albert Tucker)
- Ernst Snapper (with Albert Tucker)
- Albert Tucker: The Mathematics Community at Princeton Before 1930
- Albert Tucker: Fine Hall
- Albert Tucker: The Educational Program at Princeton in the 1930s
- Albert Tucker: Mathematical Journals and Communication
- Albert Tucker: Areas of Mathematical Research in Princeton in the 1930s
- Albert Tucker: The Institute for Advanced Study in the 1930s
- Albert Tucker: The People at Princeton in the 1930s
- Albert Tucker: Overview of Mathematics at Princeton in the 1930s
- Albert Tucker: The Reputation of Princeton Mathematics
- Albert Tucker: Career Part I
- Albert Tucker: Career Part II
- Albert Tucker: Conversation with Albert Lewis
- John Tukey (with Albert Tucker)
- Robert Walker (with Albert Tucker)
- Hassler Whitney (with Albert Tucker)
- Eugene Wigner (with Albert Tucker)
- Shaun Wylie