February 12th, 2016


Играй, Яшенька


What is certain is that the Jewish domination of American mathematics has passed its peak. One need only look at the names of the winners of scientific talent contests in recent years.  No longer are most of the names Jewish.  Instead, most of the names are Chinese, or Vietnamese, or Japanese, or Korean, or Indian.  There are some Jewish names, but most of these turn out to be the names of children who have come to the U.S. from Bulgaria or Romania.  American-born Jews are a diminishing presence in American mathematics. Why? Easily explained, although again I only have strong impressions and anecdotal evidence. To put it in brief, we have become assimilated and Americanized.