Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities.
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- Harvard has ruined more niggers than bad liquor.
- Harvard's Department of Mathematics was housed in the Science Center, a modern-looking building just outside of Harvard Yard. It had the look of a giant alien space ship that just happened to land in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and decided to stay there.
- If Chicago opened the century as America's foremost centre of mathematics training and research, Harvard followed a somewhat distant second. Under the direction of Osgood and Bôcher, its mathematics department excelled in analysis but fell short in most other areas. Perfectly complementing one another, Osgood pursued the function-theoretic side of Klein's teaching legacy, while Bôcher concentrated on generalized series expansions in potential theory.
- I. Grattan-Guinness (2003). Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences. JHU Press. p. 1517. ISBN 978-0-8018-7397-3.
- Together, Tate and Mazur formed the nucleus of a robust number theory group at Harvard, which was enlivened by periodic visits from Jean-Pierre Serre, Alexander Grothendieck, Serge Lang, and many others. While there had been little research along these lines at Harvard prior to Tate's arrival, things started reaching a critical mass with both him and Mazur on the scene.
- The ambience of Harvard University comes not so much from its profusion of museums and libraries, or the rat's maze of its narrow streets, but from its compression of time and space that speak centuries of history.