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In 1834, the Committee on Military Affairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point was unequivocal in their support for mathematics, noting that "Mathematics is the study which forms the foundation of the course of study at the United States Military Academy". This fine piece of research by V. Frederick Rickey and Amy Shell-Gellasch looks at the first hundred years of mathematics education at West Point, offered as part of the Convergence magazine published by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Following a brief introduction, the piece takes a close look at the role of mathematics education during the early years of West Point, and then moves on to examine the use of various mathematics textbooks and principles during the next century. It's an engaging read, and one can imagine that this article could be used in any number of educational history or mathematics education courses.
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