Karen Parshall, Chair of the ICHM; Jean-Claude Martzloff (CNRS,
and WANG Yusheng, Director of the China Science and Technology
Museum (Beijing) in the museum.
SASAKI Chikara (Japan) and Roshdi Rashed (France) co-organized a
session also held on Monday morning, 25 July at the China Museum of Science
and Technology on "Multicultural Transmission of Mathematical Knowledge."
Their program included the following speakers and talks:
MIURA Nobuo (Japan): "Leonardo Fibonacci As the Transmitter of Arabic
Mathematics into Europe"
Albrecht Heeffer (Belgium): "The Regula Quantitatis or the Invention of the
José Antonio Cervera (Mexico): "Methods of European Calculation in China
and Mexico during the 17th Century: A Comparative Study"
Edith Dudley Sylla (USA): "Jacob Bernoulli's 'The Art of Conjecturing' and
Its Roots in Islamic Law and Mathematics"
Wuyunqiqige (China): "The Adoption of Western Arithmetic in Meiji Japan's
School System of 1872"
FENG Lisheng (China): "The Cultural Interaction between Chinese and Japanese
Mathematics in Modern Times, 1850s-1920s"
SASAKI Chikara (Japan): "Towards a Truly Oecumenical Historiography of
Finally, LI Wenlin (China), QU Anjing (China), and Benno van Dalen
(Germany) co-organized a session entitled "Along the Silk Road: Mathematical
and Astronomical Exchanges between East and West in Ancient and Medieval
Times." This session took place on Thursday morning, 28 July at the
Institute of Mathematics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Its program
opened with an address by WU Wen-Tsun that was followed by:
JI Zhigang (China): "Needham's 19(j) and Fibonacci's Liber abaci"
Françcois Charette (Germany): "Patronage and Science in Central Asia
around 1000 CE: A Reassessment of al-Buruni's Formative Years"
Saeed Hashemi (Iran): "Connection of Old and New Mathematics on Works of
Islamic Mathematicians on the Silk Way"
Ilham Yusup (Turkey): "Some Studies on Al-Kashi's the Key to Arithmetic"
KOMATSU Hikosaburo (Japan): "Zhu Shijie, the Teacher of Seki and Takebe"
Jean-Claude Martzloff (France): "The Diffusion of Astronomical Parameters
from Huihui Li to Japan"
B. S. Yadav (India): "Filling in the Gaps: Indo-Chinese Exchanges in
QU Anjing (China): "Thought But Not To Speak Out: A Scientific Tradition in
In addition to these symposia, the ICHM also held its quadrennial
general business meeting on Monday, 25 July at the China Museum of Science
and Technology. The highlight of that meeting was the official announcement
of the recipient of the fifth Kenneth O. May Medal and Prize, Henk Bos (The
Netherlands). Although generally the May Medal is presented at the
International Congress for the History of Science, this year it was actually
presented in Utrecht, The Netherlands on 30 June (see the webpage for the
citation and for photographs). The citation has also appeared in print in Historia Mathematica vol. 32 (2005), no. 4.
Thanks to the beneficence of Elsevier, the publisher of the ICHM's
journal Historia Mathematica, the ICHM was also able to enhance the purely
social aspect of the International Congress by hosting on the evening of
Monday, 25 July, a dinner/reception for historians of the mathematical
sciences at the China Museum of Science and Technology. Some one hundred
historians from dozens of countries attended this event, and we feel
confident that many new professional friendships were established during the
course of the evening.
The ICHM looks forward to continuing its active participation in the
quadrennial gathering of the International Congress for the History of
Mathematics at its next meeting to be held in Budapest, Hungary in 2009.