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Marshall Harvey Stone (April 8, 1903 - January 9, 1989) was an American mathematician who made several important contributions in various areas of mathematical analysis, including in particular functional analysis. He also contributed to the theory of Boolean algebras. Jump to: navigation, search April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... 1903 has the latest occurring solstices and equinoxes for 400 years, because the Gregorian calendar hasnt had a leap year for seven years or a century leap year since 1600. ... Jump to: navigation, search January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Analysis is the generic name given to any branch of mathematics which depends upon the concepts of limits and convergence, and studies closely related topics such as continuity, integration, differentiability and transcendental functions. ... Functional analysis is that branch of mathematics and specifically of analysis which is concerned with the study of spaces of functions. ... For the use of binary numbers in computer systems, please see the article binary arithmetic. ...

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AMS Presidents: A Timeline (152 words)
Stone did research in a number of areas: self-adjoint operators in Hilbert space, spectral theory, and Boolean algebras.
Stone also served as president of the International Mathematical Union (1952-1954) and president of the International Committee on Mathematics Instruction (1959-1962).
Stone was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
Stone biography (1454 words)
His father, Harlan Fiske Stone, was a distinguished lawyer who served as dean of Columbia Law school from 1910 to 1923 and was on the supreme court for 21 years, serving as chief justice for the last five of these from 1941 to 1946.
One particularly important result proved by Stone during this period was a substantial generalisation of Weierstrass's theorem on uniform approximation of continuous functions by polynomials.
Marshall Stone was a man with a very broad outlook and a wide range of interests who seems to have thought rather deeply about a number of issues.
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