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Framing Global Mathematics

The International Mathematical Union between Theorems and Politics

  • Places today’s mathematics in a historical context

  • Explains the meaning of international

  • Everything you always wanted to know about the International Mathematical Union

  • Giving a new look at the place of mathematics in world culture

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xx
  2. The Long Nineteenth Century that Made the IMU Possible: 1800–1918

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-2
    2. Unfirm Foundations

      • Norbert Schappacher
      Pages 73-83Open Access
    3. World War I

      • Norbert Schappacher
      Pages 85-95Open Access
  3. Mathematical Consolidation in Times of Tempest: 1919–1949

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 97-98
    2. The First IMU: Triumph and Demise

      • Norbert Schappacher
      Pages 99-138Open Access
    3. Philanthropic Capital for Mathematics

      • Norbert Schappacher
      Pages 139-151Open Access
    4. Mathematical Consolidation and Unification in the 1930s

      • Norbert Schappacher
      Pages 153-194Open Access
    5. Forced Migration and World War II

      • Norbert Schappacher
      Pages 195-214Open Access
  4. Seventy Years of Globalization: 1950–2020

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 215-216
    2. Seventy Years, Eighteen ICMs, and One IMU

      • Norbert Schappacher
      Pages 217-274Open Access
    3. ICMI, The Resilient Nucleus of the IMU

      • Norbert Schappacher
      Pages 275-288Open Access
    4. Framing Mathematical Excellence

      • Norbert Schappacher
      Pages 289-346Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 347-384

About this book

This open access book is about the shaping of international relations in mathematics over the last two hundred years. It focusses on institutions and organizations that were created to frame the international dimension of mathematical research. Today, striking evidence of globalized mathematics is provided by countless international meetings and the worldwide repository ArXiv. The text follows the sinuous path that was taken to reach this state, from the long nineteenth century, through the two wars, to the present day. International cooperation in mathematics was well established by 1900, centered in Europe. The first International Mathematical Union, IMU, founded in 1920 and disbanded in 1932, reflected above all the trauma of WW I. Since 1950 the current IMU has played an increasing role in defining mathematical excellence, as is shown both in the historical narrative and by analyzing data about the International Congresses of Mathematicians. For each of the three periods discussed, interactions are explored between world politics, the advancement of scientific infrastructures, and the inner evolution of mathematics. Readers will thus take a new look at the place of mathematics in world culture, and how international organizations can make a difference. Aimed at mathematicians, historians of science, scientists, and the scientifically inclined general public, the book will be valuable to anyone interested in the history of science on an international level.


Keywords

  • Open Access
  • Mathematics
  • Fields medal
  • International relations
  • History of science - 19th and 20th century
  • Mathematics education

Authors and Affiliations

  • IRMA, Strasbourg cedex, France

    Norbert Schappacher

About the author

Norbert Schappacher is professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Strasbourg, France. After decades of research in Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry he turned to the history of science, esp. 19th and 20th century. He is particularly interested in interactions between science and politics; several of his papers deal with mathematics in Germany under the Nazis. From 2008 to 2016 he was the managing editor of Revue d’histoire des mathématiques, Paris.

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