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BUREAU OF EDUCATION
CIRCULAR OF L. ORMATION NO. 3, 1890
TEACHING AND HISTORY
[Whole Number 167]
THE UNITED STATES
FLORIAN CAJORI, M. S. (University of Wisconsin)
FORMERLY PROFESSOR OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS IN THE TULANE UNIVERSITY OF
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
Hon. WM. F. VILAS,
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
Washington, D. C., February 19, 1889.
SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith the manuscript of a History of Mathematical Teaching in the United States, by Prof. Florian Cajori, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, student at Johns Hopkins University, and recently professor of applied mathematics in Tulane University of Louisiana-a work prepared with your approval, under the direction of this Office.
The table of contents indicates the wide scope of the work and the variety of subjects treated, but scarcely more than suggests the painstaking labor involved in its preparation. Professor Cajori's researches have extended through several years, and have been pursued in the libraries of Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington. He has personally conducted a large correspondence with alumni, and past and present instructors in the higher educational institutions, and has been aided by 1,000- circulars of inquiry sent from this Office relating to the present condition of mathematical teaching in schools of all grades.
I am convinced that this monograph will prove of great value to all teachers and students of mathematics, and will be not without interest to any person engaged in the work of education. I therefore respectfully recommend its publication.
I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, N. H. R. DAWSON,
Secretary of the Interior, Washington, D. C.