The ICHM enhanced in a number of ways the intellectual and social activities associated with the International Congress for the History of Science held in Beijing during the week of 24-30 July, 2005.
The ICHM contributed to the intellectual program through three ICHM co-sponsored symposia. Joseph W. Dauben (USA), GUO Shuchun (China), and Alexei Volkov (Canada) organized a session on the "Ten Classics of Ancient Chinese Mathematics" that was held on Monday, 25 July, 2005 at the China Museum of Science and Technology. That session, opened by words of welcome from the Museum's Director Dr. WANG Yusheng, consisted of three subsessions, one in the morning and two running concurrently in the afternoon. The speakers and their titles were:
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:
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:
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.