The International Mathematical Union celebrates its centennial in 2020, and is seeking proposals to write a monograph:
The purpose of the monograph is to put the IMU in a grander framework of international scientific unions, and the internationalization of science and mathematics in particular. What was the impact of the world events through the 20th century on international science? In the beginning of the 20th century mathematicians were mostly men recruited from the elite in Europe and North America – what has been the impact of the changes we have seen? It is not to be a book on the history of 20th century mathematics, nor on the inner life of the IMU. There are already books about various aspects of the history of 20th century mathematics and O. Lehto’s book gives an excellent presentation of the inner life of the IMU. The book by F. Greenaway describes the history of the International Science Council through its precursors, the IRC and ICSU.
The piece should be a monograph written in English for an international market. Ideal candidates are historians of science with an interest in mathematics.
This project is generously funded by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung in Heidelberg, Germany.