Professor Baron furnished me with Dr. Hutton's Mathematics, and gave me a specimen of his mode of teaching at the blackboard at the academy. Joseph G. Swift, first graduate of West Point. First use in US?
Some Problems from Davies By the census of 1850, New York had a population of 3087695 upon an area of 46085 square miles: what was the population to the square mile? By what number must 7/9 be multiplied, that the product may be 14/15? If a single rail, of a railroad, be 9 feet in length, how many rails would be required for a road, whose length is 12 mi. 5 fur. 3 rd. 4 yd.?
Resectioning in 1899 This 1890 copy of Davies’ Algebra and Trigonometry was owned by U.S. Grant (USMA 1903). He was first in the second section and then moved to 5 th in 1 st ─ behind Douglas MacArthur.
Ulysses S. Grant (USMA 1843) applied four times to become an instructor in Mathematics, but was turned down. Prof Church believed Grant’s mediocre performance in mathematics did not qualify him to teach in the department. This demonstrates that it is easier to become President than to become an instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Douglas MacArthur, USMA 1903 In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield. But in the evening of my memory I come back to West Point. Always there echoes and re-echoes: Duty, Honor, Country. May 12, 1962
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