John Riordan (mathematician)
April 22, 1903|
Derby, Connecticut, United States
|Died||August 26, 1988
Scituate, Massachusetts, United States
|Alma mater||Yale University|
John Riordan (April 22, 1903 – August 26, 1988) was an American mathematician and the author of major early works in combinatorics, particularly Introduction to Combinatorial Analysis and Combinatorial Identities.
Riordan was a graduate of Yale. In his early life he wrote a number of poems and essays and a book of short-stories, On the Make, published in 1929, and was Editor-in-Chief of Salient and The Figure in the Carpet, literary magazines published by The New School for Social Research in New York. He married Mavis McIntosh, the well-known poet and literary agent.
Riordan's long professional career was at Bell Labs, which he joined in 1926 (a year after its foundation) and where he remained, publishing over a hundred scholarly papers on combinatorial analysis, until he retired in 1968. He then joined the faculty at Rockefeller University as professor emeritus. A Festschrift was published in his honor in 1978.
- Even at the end of my first year as a graduate student at Cornell, in 1962, I managed to arrange a summer job at Bell Labs in Holmdel. This was still on minimal cost networks. During that summer I met another of my heroes, John Riordan, one of the great early workers in combinatorics. His book An Introduction to Combinatorial Analysis is a classic. He was working at Bell Labs in West Street in Manhattan at that time. One of my earliest papers, on a problem that came up in my thesis work, was a joint paper with him.
- Riordan, John (1929). On the Make. Farrar & Rinehart. OCLC 7532863. (book of 14 short-stories)
- Carlitz, Leonard; Riordan, John (1956). "The number of labeled two-terminal series-parallel networks". Duke Mathematics Journal (Duke University Press).
- Riordan, John (1958). Introduction to Combinatorial Analysis. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-02365-6. (reissued in 1980; reprinted again in 2002 by Courier Dover Publications) translated into Russian in 1962.
- Riordan, John (1962). Stochastic Service Systems. John Wiley & Sons. LCCN 62008785.
- Riordan, John (1968). Combinatorial Identities. John Wiley & Sons. LCCN 67031375. OCLC 681863847. (reprinted with corrections: Riordan, John (1979). Combinatorial Identities. R.E. Krieger Pub. Co. ISBN 978-0-88275-829-9.)
Riordan's Erdős number is 2.
- Kac, M. (May 1978). "Special Issue in Honor of Riordan, John - Introduction". Journal of Combinatorial Theory Series A (Academic Press) 24 (3).
- J. Riordan, N. J. A. Sloane (1969). "The enumeration of rooted trees by total height". J. Austral. Math. Soc. 10: 278–282. doi:10.1017/S1446788700007527.
- Harary, Frank (1959). "Review: Introduction to combinatorial analysis, by John Riordan". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 65 (3): 166–169.
- Stein, Paul R. (1972). "Review: Combinatorial identities, by John Riordan". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 78 (4): 490–496.
- Former Members of the Technical Staff in the mathematics group at Bell Laboratories.
- Books on discrete mathematics listed at an MAA site.
- A history of mathematics at Bell Labs