A Brief History of RAND's Mathematics Department and Some of Its Accomplishments

by Bruno Augenstein

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 3.3 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

A discussion of RAND's mathematical activities, background of mathematics work and most important and/or noteworthy contributions to the public good and welfare. The author describes favorable circumstances for RAND mathematics, including the availability of computers and choices of research problems. Results from RAND's wide-ranging mathematical activities include: Illustrations by toy problems; Game theory; Linear programming; Flows in networks; Monte Carlo methods; Branching Processes; and Dynamic programming. These activities produced new insights and tools and had an economic impact that benefited the public.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation draft series. The unrestricted draft was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1993 to 2003 that represented preliminary or prepublication versions of other more formal RAND products for distribution to appropriate external audiences. The draft could be considered similar to an academic discussion paper. Although unrestricted drafts had been approved for circulation, they were not usually formally edited or peer reviewed.

This research in the public interest was supported by RAND, using discretionary funds made possible by the generosity of RAND's donors, the fees earned on client-funded research, and independent research and development (IR&D) funds provided by the Department of Defense.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.