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Herbert Robbins papers, 1940s-2001 

Creator: 
Robbins, Herbert,
Phys. Desc: 
2.5 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box)
Call Number: 
MS#1913
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

Robbins developed several widely used statistical techniques and is best known for the book ''What Is Mathematics?'' which he wrote with the mathematician Richard Courant. Published in 1941, the book was praised by Albert Einstein. It surveyed a wide range of advanced mathematics in a manner understandable to nonmathematicians.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of Herbert E. Robbins (1915-2001), Professor of Mathematical Statistics at Columbia University.