IMU is an international non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization,
with the purpose of promoting international cooperation in mathematics.
It is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU).
The objectives of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) are:
- To promote international cooperation in mathematics
- To support and assist the
and other international scientific meetings or conferences
- To encourage and support other international
considered likely to contribute to the development of
science in any of its aspects, pure, applied, or educational
Details about IMU
More precise objectives and detailed Information about the
organization of IMU can be found in its statutes (and of course in the IMU server that
you are currently visiting).
Ongoing activities concernig IMU are published in IMU
Bulletins and in the bimonthly newsletter
IMU-Net to which
Publications about IMU
There are several publications about the International
John Ball, president of IMU for the period 2003-2006,
provides a general survey on the work of IMU:
published in "Notices of the AMS", Volume 52,
Number 10, 2005.
Further information about IMU and the state of mathematics
can be found in an
that John Ball gave to Boletín
de la Sociedad Española de Matemática Aplicada 33(2005)19-26.
IMU's former president David Mumford, 1995 - 1998, and
Senior Writer and Deputy Editor of the Notices of the
American Mathematical Society,
described the work and structure of IMU in the column
»What is IMU?«, published in the Notices of
AMS, Nov./Dec. 1994.
The articles are reproduced here under permission.
In IMU Bulletin 39, 1995,
Olli Lehto, IMU Secretary from 1983 to 1990, gives a short overview about
Olli Lehto has also written
the book "Mathematics without borders", a history of the International Mathematical
Union, published by Springer in 1998, that is warmly
recommended to those interested in the history of IMU.