(from the Bulletin of the International Mathematical Union, No. 46, December 2000)
Report to the International Mathematical Union 2000
By Kirsti Andersen and Jeanne Peiffer
Christoph J. Scriba and Joseph W. Dauben have almost finished the editorial work on Writing the History of Mathematics: Its Historical Development. This book, which has been prepared under the patronage of the ICHM, collects chapters on the historiography of the history of mathematics in different parts of the world, biographical notes on important historians of mathematics, and bibliographical information. It will be published in the "Science Network" series of Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel.
For the XXI International Congress of History of Science and Technology (Mexico City, July 8-14, 2001) with the theme "Science and Cultural Diversity," the ICHM has decided to support the following symposia proposals:
ICHM is also represented by Kirsti Andersen in the programme committee for the entire conference.
In 2000 the first steps were taken to make the World Directory of Historians of Mathematics accessible electronically at the home page that will be created in 2001 or 2002.
On January 1, 2000, Umberto Bottazzini and Craig Fraser took over the editorship of the commission's journal, Historia Mathematica.
The ICHM supports the regular international meetings of historians of mathematics which tend to alternate between Oberwolfach, Germany and Luminy-Marseille, France. In 2000 a meeting in Oberwolfach was held during the week of January 30 to February 5 with the theme "The History of Mathematics in the 20th Century", organized by Jesper Lützen, Copenhagen University, Denmark, Jeremy Gray, Open University, UK, and Moritz Epple, Mainz University, Germany.