%0 Journal Article
%A Shields, Brit
%T Mathematics, Peace, and the Cold War
%B Scientific Diplomacy and Richard Courant’s Scientific Identity
%D 2016
%R 10.1525/hsns.2016.46.5.556
%J Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
%P 556-591
%V 46
%N 5
%X This paper seeks to combine studies of émigré scientists, Cold War American science, and cultural histories of mathematical communities by analyzing Richard Courant’s participation in the National Academy of Sciences interacademy exchange program with the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Following his dismissal by the Nazi government from his post as Director of the Göttingen Mathematics Institute in 1933, Courant spent a year at the University of Cambridge, and then immigrated to the United States where he developed the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. Courant’s participation with the National Academy of Sciences interacademy exchange program at the end of his career highlights his ideologies about the mathematics discipline, the international mathematics community, and the political role mathematicians could play in contributing to international peace through scientific diplomacy. Courant’s Cold War scientific identity emerges from his activities as an émigré mathematician, institution builder, and international “ambassador.”
%U http://hsns.ucpress.edu/content/ucphsns/46/5/556.full.pdf