Part 1: Student 
Chapter 1: Reading and writing and 'rithmetic 
Words 
3 
Books 
5 
Writing 
7 
Languages 
9 
Numbers 
10 
Study or worry 
12 
Learning English 
14 
High school 
16 

Chapter 2: A college education 
Move to Chambana 
20 
How not to be a freshman 
22 
Trig and analyt 
24 
Calculus, and is there a doctor on the faculty? 
26 
Elementary mathematics and culture 
28 
Mathematical daydreams and BARBARA 
30 
All Gaul 
31 
A Bachelor Science 
33 

Chapter 3: Graduate school 
Statistics 
36 
The end of the affair 
37 
Matrices 
40 
The Dean 
41 
First class 
43 
Hazlett and Netzorg 
45 
Good morning, analysis 
47 
Why geometry? 
48 

Chapter 4: Learning to study 
Doob arrives 
50 
All work and politics 
52 
Born again 
55 
Other forces, other tongues 
57 
Prelims 
60 
For example 
61 
Statistics, no 
64 
Readings and ratings 
66 
Reprints: Doob's and others' 
67 
Study 
69 

Chapter 5: Learning to think 
Optional skipping 
74 
Roller coaster 
76 
Jobs, no 
78 
On my own 
80 
The end of an era 
82 

Chapter 6: The Institute 
The common room 
84 
The center of the world 
88 
Insignificant people 
89 
Work 
91 
Work and between work 
93 
A weak paper and a pretty good book 
95 
Collaboration 
97 
Measures and Harvard 
98 
Classical mechanics 
100 
Birthdays 
101 

Chapter 7: Winning the War 
Back home in Illinois 
105 
Meetings 
106 
Teaching at Syracuse 
108 
Research at Syracuse 
111 
Radiation Laboratory 
114 
Referee and review 
118 
From Syracuse to Chicago 
121 

Part II: Scholar 
Chapter 8: A great university 
Eckhart Hall 
127 
Days of glory 
129 
What makes a great university? 
131 
Teaching 
133 
Students and visitors 
137 

Chapter 9: The early years 
Guggenheim 
140 
Measure Theory 
143 
Master's exams 
144 
Judgments 
146 
Jimmie Savage 
149 
Students and courses 
152 
The beginning of Hilben space 
156 
Ph.D. students 
159 
The Cambridge Congress 
162 
Follow the sun 
164 

Chapter 10: Montevideo 
Where to go? 
167 
Saturation in Spanish 
170 
Room and board 
172 
Weather and climate 
177 
How to get a chair 
178 
Humanities and sciences 
179 
Faculty of engineering 
182 
Instituto de Matematica 
184 
Institute people 
185 
Teaching in Montevideo 
188 
Research in Uruguay 
191 
Spy. junior grade 
195 
Small memories 
197 

Chapter 11: The fabulous fifties 
Back home 
200 
Is formal logic mathematics? 
202 
Boolean logic 
206 
The road to polyadic algebras 
208 
All logic and all mathematics 
210 
Logic students and logicians 
213 
The passport saga 
216 
Service 
219 
Editing 
222 
How to be a big shot 
224 
How to be an editor 
228 
Recent progress in ergodic theory 
235 
Writing for a living 
237 
The Institute again 
239 
Boolean algebras and sets 
243 
Farewell 
247 

Part III: Senior 
Chapter 12: How to teach 
Shifting gears 
253 
The Moore method 
255 
Moore and covering material 
260 
How to be a pro 
265 
Musings on teaching 
269 
How to supervise 
272 
More Ph.D. students 
275 

Chapter 13: To Sydney, to Moscow, and back 
Sydney 1964 
280 
Budapest 1964 
284 
Scotland 1965 
290 
Tourist in Moscow and Leningrad 
295 
Life with Anosov 
301 
Fomin and Gelfand 
304 
Mathematicians in Moscow 
308 
As others see us 
315 

Chapter 14: How to do almost everything 
Rejections 
319 
How to do research 
321 
The invariant subspace problem 
325 
Friends can help 
329 
How to recommend 
334 
How to advise 
339 
Honolulu, here I come! 
343 

Chapter 15: Service, one way or another 
Democracy ad absurdum 
349 
How to be a chairman 
353 
How not to be a chairman 
356 
Life in Bloomington 
363 
Indiana students 
366 
Committees of one: Wabash 
372 
Committees of one: Bulletin 
375 
The Monthly 
379 
Here and there 
383 
How to write mathematics 
390 
How to write about von Neumann 
393 
How to write history? 
397 

Coda 
How to be a mathematician 
400 
Index of Photographs 
405 
Index 
407 