Donald J. Newman
|Donald J. Newman|
July 27, 1930|
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||March 28, 2007
New York University
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Doctoral advisor||David Widder
Joseph Leonard Walsh
|Doctoral students||Eli Passow
Donald J. (D. J.) Newman (July 27, 1930 – March 28, 2007) was an American mathematician and professor, excelling at the Putnam mathematics competition while an undergraduate at City College of New York and New York University, and later receiving his PhD from Harvard University in 1953.
Life and works
Newman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930, and studied at New York's Stuyvesant High School. He was an avid problem-solver, and as an undergraduate was a Putnam Fellow all three years he took part in the Putnam math competition; only the third person to attain that feat. His mathematical specialties included complex analysis, approximation theory and number theory. In 1980 he found a short proof of the prime number theorem, which can now be found in his textbook on Complex analysis
Newman was a friend and associate of John Nash.:144–145 His career included posts as a Professor of Mathematics at MIT, Brown University, Yeshiva University, Temple University and a distinguished chair at Bar Ilan University in Israel. He held government and industry positions at Avco, Republic Aviation, Bell Laboratories, IBM and the NSA.
Newman's love of problem solving comes through in his writing; his published output as a mathematician includes 150 papers and five books. He taught numerous students over the years, including Robert Feinerman, Jonah Mann, Eli Passow, Louis Raymon, Joseph Bak, Shmuel Weinberger, and Gerald Weinstein at Yeshiva University, and Bo Gao, Don Kellman, Jonathan Knappenberger, and Yuan Xu at Temple University.
- Newman, Donald J. (1960). "A simplified proof of Waring's conjecture". Michigan Math. J. 7 (3): 291–295. doi:10.1307/mmj/1028998439. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
- --. (1975) A simple proof of Wiener's 1/f theorem Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, volume 48, pages 264-265
- --. (1979) Approximation with rational functions. Providence, RI: Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences by the American Mathematical Society. ISBN 0-8218-1691-8.
- --. (1982) A problem seminar. New York: Springer. ISBN 0-387-90765-3.
- --. (1998) Analytic number theory. New York: Springer. ISBN 0-387-98308-2 (#177 in the Graduate Texts in Mathematics series).
- (1996) Complex Analysis. (2004 update w/ Joseph Bak)
- with Robert P. Feinerman: (1974) Polynomial approximation. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 0-6830-3077-9.
Papers and monographs
- The Hexagon Theorem (1982 )
- Finite type functions as limits of exponential sums (1974, MRC technical summary report)
- Splines and the logarithmic function (1974, MRC)
- Thought Less Mathematics, an essay on why branching thinking and similar solutions aren't central to mathematics and may even obscure deeper ideas
- Math Forum Discussions - Obituary
- Though The Math Genealogy Project lists it as 1958.
- "Stuyvesant Math Team". Retrieved 2007-10-31.
- See Joseph Gallian's history of the competition and the official MAA record
- Joseph Bak, and D.J.Newman, Complex analysis. (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics), Springer Verlag, 3rd edition, 2010.
- Nasar, Sylvia (1998). A Beautiful Mind. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-85370-1.
- "In Memoriam: Donald Newman". Temple University. 2007-04-24. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
- Rivlin, Theodore J. (1975). "Review: Polynomial approximation, by R, P. Feinerman and D. J. Newman". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 81 (1): 28–30. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1975-13624-x.