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Fritz Herzog, "pi" legislation collection

 Collection — Folder: S2265
Identifier: S2265

Scope and Contents

This collection includes Dr. Fritz Herzog's correspondence and photocopied articles ranging from 1894 to 1976 regarding Indiana House Bill no. 246, a 1897 bill introduced to establish "a new mathematical truth" by changing the value of pi. Authored by Edwin J. Goodwin, M.D. and introduced by Taylor I. Record, the bill passed the House, but a motion for indefinite postponement in the Senate carried. Dr. Herzog corresponded with Professor Will Edington of Depauw University and Professor Arthur Hallerberg of Valparaiso University and the articles are from various publications, including American Mathematical Monthly,Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Sciences,The Scientific Monthly,Mathematics for the Million,American Scientist,Phi Kappa Phi Journal,The Atlantic Monthly, and theIndianapolis Star.


  • 1894-1976


Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Fritz Herzog was born on December 6, 1902 in Posnan, Poland and immigrated to the United States in 1933. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1935 and joined the faculty of Michigan State University in 1943. A professor emeritus following his retirement in 1973, he passed away at the age of 98 on November 21, 2001.


"Fritz Herzog." New York Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957. Accessed October 19, 2018.

"Fritz Herzog." U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Accessed October 19, 2018.

Bao, Robert. “Obituary.” MSU Alumni Magazine , Spring 2002.

“Fritz Herzog.” Mathematics Genealogy Project. Accessed October 19, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Michigan State University Libraries on 1990/03/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/10/19 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/10/19 by Laura Eliason.
Fritz Herzog, "pi" legislation collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.