Abstract. Yvonne Dold Samplonius, conference organizer, reports on the May 2000 conference "2000 years Transmission of Mathematical Ideas" for the Nexus Network Journal, vol. 2 no. 4 (October 2000).

Conference Report
2000 Years Transmission of Mathematical Ideas: Exchange and Influence from Late Babylonian Mathematics to Early Renaissance Science

Yvonne Dold-Samplonius
Türkenlouisweg 14
69151 Neckargemünd, Germany

Joseph W. Dauben (New York) and Yvonne Dold (Heidelberg)

Rockefeller Foundation,
Bellagio Study and Conference Center
May 8-12, 2000

The purpose of the Bellagio conference was to bring together an international team of scholars, some of whom had worked together before, to allow thorough discussion of the transmission of
mathematics between cultures across Europe and Asia. During an intensive week of lectures and discussion, participants focused their attention on early mathematical works, especially those in China, India, the Arabic/Islamic world, and the late Middle Ages/Renaissance in Europe, in order to explore evidence of direct and indirect influences, possible connections, and various means by which the problems or methods devised in one particular place and time found their way to other points, often very far apart in place and time.

The Rockefeller Foundation¹s Bellagio Conference Center, the Villa Serbelloni, provided a quiet, reflective atmosphere in which we were able to accomplish a substantial amount of work in a relatively short period of time. In the course of seven morning and afternoon sessions, twenty-one studies were presented and discussed in detail by the group. The list of participants with the abstracts of their contributions and e-mail addresses can be found at the 2000 Years Transmission of Mathematical Ideas website

In response to the comments and suggestions made during the course of the meeting, the papers prepared for the Bellagio conference will be further revised over the next few months. The proceedings will appear as a volume of Boethius, a series published by Steiner Verlag in Stuttgart, Germany. The Editorial Board is comprised of Joseph W. Dauben, New York, Yvonne Dold-Samplonius, Heidelberg, and Menso Folkerts, Munich.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Yvonne Dold Samplonius studied mathematics and Arabic at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in the History of Islamic mathematics. She wrote her thesis with Prof Bruins, Amsterdam and Prof. Juan Vernet, Barcelona. The academic year 66/67 she spent at Harvard studying under Prof. Murdoch. She has published about forty papers on the History of Mathematics. In the last years her interest has shifted to Mathematics in Islamic Architecture from a historic point of view. Under her supervision a video concerning this subject, in particular arches and vaults, has been produced at the IWR (Institute for Scientific Computing), Heidelberg. She is an associated member of this institute. A second video, on reconstructing muqarnas (Stalactite vaults) is in progress.

 The correct citation for this article is:
Yvonne Dold-Samplonius, "Conference Report: 2000 Years Transmission of Mathematical Ideas: Exchange and Influence from Late Babylonian Mathematics to Early Renaissance Science", Nexus Network Journal, vol. 2, no. 4 (October 2000), http://www.nexusjournal.com/conf_reps_v2n4-Dold.html

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