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"In Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of Euler's Birth and the 400th Anniversary of the Publication of the Chinese Translation of Euclid's Elements" Chengdu, China, 12-15 October, 2007

By LI Wenlin


The Sichuan Normal University in conjunction with the Chinese Mathematical Society and the Chinese Society for the History of Mathematics hosted a conference "In Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of Euler's Birth and the 400th Anniversary of the Publication of the Chinese Translation of Euclid's Elements" at the Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, PRC. The co-chairs of the Organizing Committee were Eberhard Knobloch (Germany) and LIU Yingming (China). The International Advisory Committee consisted of Henk Bos (The Netherlands), CHEN Cheng-Yi (USA), Christopher Cullen (UK), Joe Dauben (USA), DU Shiran (China), Erwin Neuenschwander (Switzerland), SONG Naiqing (China), and B. Yadav (India). The co-chairs of the Scientific Program Committee were Karen Parshall (USA) and LI Wenlin (China) with the committee consisting of 24 scholars from six different countries.


The speakers and their titles were:

Euler Transgressing Limits: the Infinite and Music Theory

E.Knobloch (Member of the Berlin Academy of Sciences and President of International Academy of the History of Science, Germany)

Euler and His Opera Omnia

LI Wenlin (Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science of the Chinese Academy of Science, China)

Leonhard Euler from the Viewpoint of Jakob Bernoulli

Elart von Collani (Institute of Economy, University of Würzburg, Germany)

Euler's Mathematical Theory in China

GUO Shirong (Professor at Inner Mongolia Normal University and Chair of the China Mathematics History Association, China)

Chern Shiin-Shen, Euclid's Elements, Euler's Characteristic Number

ZHANG Hongguang (Nankai University, China)

A Critical Analysis of the Prolegomena of Clavius's commentary on Euclid's Elements and Its Influence on the Chinese Translation of the Elements

Jean-Claude Martzloff (French National Center for Scientific Research, Chinese Civilization Research Center, France)


The Euclidean Axiomatic Mathematics and Scepticism: The Szabó Thesis Revised

SASAKI Chikara (Tokyo University, Japan)

The History of Mathematics and Mathematical Education

Song Naiqing (Vice-president of Southwest University, China)

Vedic Binary Numbers and Fibonacci Numbers

S. L. Singh, Gurukula Kangri University, India

The Attempt at Merging Chinese and Western Mathematics

Pan Yining (Sichuan Normal University, China)

Researching on Cross-disciplinarity and Application As a Trend in the Modern History of Mathematics: A Case Study on Algebra and Related Subjects

DENG Mingli (Dean of the School of Mathematics, Hebei Normal University, China)

Between Confucius and Copernicus: The World View of the Jesuits Presented in China in Early Modern Times

Claudia von Collani (Institute of Missiology, University of Münster, Germany)