Reflections on a Mathematical World

Eric M. Friedlander's AMS Retiring Presidential Address, given at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 16, 2014

Audio and PowerPoint presentation here.

The title of Bob Dylan's 1964 album "The times they are a-changin'" has been less applicable to our mathematical world than to many others. But partly because of what we mathematicians have accomplished and even more because of what society expects of us, this seems to be appropriate for Mathematics in the next two decades. This talk will reflect upon the evolution of the mathematical community during the past 50 years, and encourage more active participation by many in shaping the role to be played by mathematicians in the near future.