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W.E. Milne Collection, 1905-1981

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Milne, William Edmund, 1890-
Title
W.E. Milne Collection
Dates
1905-1981 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.8 cubic feet, (2 boxes and 1 map folder)
Collection Number
MSS Milne
Summary
The W.E. Milne Collection documents Milne's mathematics research and consists primarily of Milne's research publications. Milne headed the Mathematics Department at Oregon State College from 1932 to 1955 and was a pioneer in numerical analysis and computer mathematics.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English, Russian


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Mathematics Professor William Edmund (Ted) Milne headed the Mathematics Department at Oregon State College from 1932 until 1955.

Born in Pendleton, Oregon, Milne earned an A.B. degree in Mathematics from Whitman College in 1912 and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1913 and 1915. He served on the faculty of Bowdoin College from 1915 until 1918 and then spent one year during World War I working with a group of mathematicians at Aberdeen Proving Ground on problems of ballistic path calculations. In 1919 he returned to Oregon as a faculty member in mathematics at the University of Oregon. In 1932, he became head of the Mathematics Department at Oregon State College, a position he held until his retirement in 1955. In 1950-1951, he held a substitute position in the National Bureau of Standards Institute for Numerical Analysis.

Milne was a pioneer in numerical analysis and computer mathematics and was known around the world for the "Milne method" of solving differential equations and for his three textbooks and many technical papers. He continued his research after retirement and was awarded the OSU Distinguished Service Award posthumously in June 1971. The Milne Computer Center was dedicated in his name in April 1972.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The W.E. Milne Collection consists primarily of mathematical publications (including reprints) by Milne. It also includes reprints of publications by others sent to Milne; a portrait photograph of Milne; and the final page of the console printer log from the OS-3 Operating System on the Control Data Corp. 3300 computer which served Oregon State University from 1965 until 1981.

Of particular note among Milne's publications is the 1953 Russian translation of his publication, Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

W.E. Milne Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Last OS-3 Console Log Page, 1981Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Publications by Milne, 1918-1953Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Transactions of the American Mathematical Society (vol. 19, no. 2)
1918
Box
1
On the degree of convergence of Birkhoff's series
Bulletin of the National Research Counci, no. 92
1933
Box
1
Numerical Integration of Differential Equations, Report of Committee on Numerical Integration
American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 49, no. 2
1942
Box
1
The Numerical Integration of y" + g(x)y = f(x)
Journal of Research of the National Bureau of Standards (v. 43, no. 5)
November 1949
Box
1
The Remainder in Linear Methods of Approximation. (v. 43, no. 6)
December 1949
1
A note on the numerical integration of differential equations. (v. 44, no. 5)
May 1950
1
Note on the Runge-Kutta method. (v. 45, no. 3)
September 1950
1
Numerical determination of characteristic numbers
Box
1
Table of Derivatives for Damped Vibrations, Oregon State Monographs, Mathematics and Statistics Series, Number 1
December 1935
1
Tables of Damped Vibrations, University of Oregon Publication, Mathematics Series (v. 1, no. 1)
1929
1
Numerical Solution of Differential Equations
Russian translation
1953

Reprints of Publications by Milne, 1916-1960Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Note on Removable Singularities; reprinted from the Bulletin of the Mathematical Society (v. 21, no. 3, pp. 116-117)
1914
1
Note on Asymptotic Expressions in the Theory of Linear Differential Equations; reprinted from the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (v. 23, no. 4, pp. 166-169)
1916
1
On Certain Asymptotic Expressions in the Theory of Linear Differential Equations; reprinted from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (v. 2, pp. 543)
1916
1
Second Note on Removable Singularities; reprinted from the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (v. 23, no. 1, pp. 27-30)
1916
1
On the Degree of Convergence of Birkhoff's Series; reprinted from the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society (v. 19, no. 2, pp. 143-156)
1918
1
Infinite Systems of Functions; reprinted from the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (v. 26, no. 7, pp. 294-300)
1920
1
A Theorem of Oscillation; reprinted from the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (v. 28, no.3)
1922
1
Numerical Integration of Ordinary Differential Equations; reprinted from The American Mathematical Monthly (v. 33, no. 9)
1926
1
Note on the Smoothing of Curves; reprinted from The American Mathematical Monthly (v. 34, no. 5)
1927
1
The Behavior of a Boundary Value Problem As the Interval Becomes Infinite; reprinted from the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society (v. 30, no. 4, pp. 797-802)
1
On the Degree of Convergence of the Gram-Charlier Series; reprinted from the "Transactions of the American Mathematical Society (v. 31, no. 3, pp. 422-443)
1929
1
On the Degree of Convergence of Expansions in an Infinite Interval; reprinted from the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society (v. 31, no. 4, pp. 907-918)
1929
1
Numerical Determination of Characteristic Numbers; reprinted from Physical Review (v. 35, no. 7, pp. 863-867)
1930
1
On the Numerical Integration of Certain Differential Equations of the Second Order; reprinted from the American Mathematical Monthly (v. 40, no. 6)
1933
1
Analysis of Border Irrigation; reprinted from Agricultural Engineering (v. 19, no. 6)
1938
1
The Numerical Integration of y"+ g(x)y=f(x); reprinted from the American Mathematical Monthly (v. 49, no. 2)
1942
1
The Remainder in Linear Methods of Approximation; reprinted from the Journal of Research of the National Bureau of Standards (v. 43, pp. 501-511)
1949
1
A Note on the Numerical Integration of Differential Equations; reprinted from the Journal of Research of the National Bureau of Standards (v. 43, pp. 537-542)
1949
1
Note on the Runge-Kutta Method; reprinted from the Journal of Research of the National Bureau of Standards (v. 44, pp. 549-550)
1950
1
Numerical Determination of Characteristic Numbers; reprinted from the Journal of Research of the National Bureau of Standards (v. 45, no. 3, pp. 245-254)
1950
1
Review: Numerische Behandlung Von Differentialgleichungen; reprinted from the American Mathematical Society (v. 59, no. 1, pp. 94-96)
1953
1
The Error of the Trapezoidal Formula; abstract from the Proceedings of the International Mathematical Congress Amsterdam
1954
1
Review: Numerische Behandlung Von Differentialgleichungen; reprinted from the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (v. 62, no. 1, pp. 74)
1956
1
Stability of a Numerical Solution of Differential Equations; reprinted from Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery (v. 6. no. 2, pp. 196-203)
1959
1
Stability of a Numerical Solution of Differential Equations - Part II; reprinted from Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery (v. 7, no. 1, pp. 46-56)
1960

Publications by Others, 1905-1969Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Russian-English Vocabulary with a Grammatical Sketch to be used in Reading Mathematical Papers by American Mathematical Society
1950
American Mathematical Monthly
Box
2
(v. 64, no. 6)
June-July, 1957
2
(v. 74, no. 1)
January, 1967
Reprints of publications by the following authors
1905-1969
Box
2
Adams, Edwin Plimpton
2
Bickley, W.G.
2
Birkhoff, George D.
2
Bucherer, A.H.
2
Cairns, W.D.
2
Carmichael, R.D.
2
Carslaw, H.S.
2
Dantzig, Tobias
2
Davis, D.R.
2
Davis, H.T.
2
Day, Mahlon M.
2
Douglass, Raymond D.
2
Eells, Walter C.
2
Ford, Lester R.
2
Franklin, Philip
2
Hancock, Harris
2
Hayashi, Kenji
2
Jackson, Dunham
2
Mizumoto, Hisao
2
Moore, Charles N.
2
Moritz, Robert E.
2
Olds, Edwin G.
2
Runge, C.
2
Schoenberg, I.J.
2
Schulz, Gunther
2
Shimizu, Tatsujiro
2
Tamarkin, J.D.
2
Stromgren, Elis

Portrait Photograph of W.E. Milne, circa 1960Return to Top

Container(s): Map-case *