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date: 07 July 2020

Mathematics and Statistics. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Karen Hunger ParshallKaren Hunger Parshall

Mathematics has been part of American higher education since the founding of Harvard College in 1636. In the seventeenth century, however, the level of instruction was low—arithmetic and the rudiments of Euclidean geometry—reflecting the primitive state of elementary education and the underlying aim of preparing young men for the ministry.... ...

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