In this fascinating history of the mathematics department at the University of California, Berkeley, Moore describes how this institution evolved from a single facutly member at a financially-troubled private college into a major research center that is ranked among the very best in the USA and in the world. Moore's account spans from its origins in the 1850s to the establishment and early years of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in the early to mid 1980s.
Professor Emeritus C. C. Moore joined the Berkeley faculty as an assistant professor in 1961, rising quickly to full professor five years later. In 1968, he became vice chair of the Department of Mathematics leading to numerous administrative and faculty committee appointments over the succeeding years. Although officially retiring from teaching in 2004, Professor Moore remains involved on several committees that will shape the landscape of Berkeley in the years to come.