|The criteria for selection to be listed
in the National Curve Bank are simple. The mathematician must
have a monument, street, or building named for him or her. Thus,
the person must have recognition beyond the circle of our professional
community. We could easily list Fields Medal winners, Nobel
laureates whose work is primarily mathematical, and members of
national societies. We could include a list of mathematicians on
stamps. Many deserve recognition. Please click on the
buttons above this paragraph for a sample of all of the suggestions.
However, mathematics extends over 2,500
years of written history. To list only honorees since the
invention of printing, or the establishment of national societies, is
narrow in definition, but enormous in terms of execution. In
keeping with our mission statement, we have decided to select only
mathematicians who have been sufficiently prominent to be honored by
We invite all readers of this message to
send us photographs of streets, buildings, or monuments that honor
mathematicians. We hope to build an international collection for
all to appreciate.
|Click on the
map icon and enlarge your screen to view a map of outstanding
There are wonderful stamps honoring mathematicians
issued by many countries. Unfortunately, it would appear that the U.S.
has never honored a mathematician. However, in 2001
the U.S. honored Enrico Fermi.
Earlier physicists have been honored.
Please see http://jeff560.tripod.com/
for a sample collection.