The International Commission on Mathematical Instruction
Bulletin No. 47
The International Study Group on the Relations Between
History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM)
The International Study Group on the Relations between the History
and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) was established in
1976 at ICME-3 in Karlsruhe and has been recognized as an ICMI Affiliated
Study Group since then. The aims of the group are
described quite succinctly in its title. These aims were explicitly
presented as follows in the first report about the group, which
appeared in the ICMI Bulletin No. 10 (March 1978), pp. 26-27:
promote international contacts and exchange information concerning:
- Courses in History of Mathematics in Universities,
Colleges and Schools.
- The use and relevance of History of Mathematics in
- Views on the relation between History of Mathematics
and Mathematics Education at all levels.
promote and stimulate interdisciplinary investigation by bringing together
all those interested, particularly
mathematicians, historians of mathematics, teachers, social scientists
and other users of mathematics.
further a deeper understanding of the way mathematics evolves, and the
forces which contribute to this
relate the teaching of mathematics and the history of mathematics teaching
to the development of mathematics
in ways which assist the improvement of instruction and the development
produce materials which can be used by teachers of mathematics to provide
perspectives and to further the
critical discussion of the teaching of mathematics.
facilitate access to materials in the history of mathematics and related
promote awareness of the relevance of the history of mathematics for mathematics
teaching in mathematicians
promote awareness of the history of mathematics as a significant part of
the development of cultures.
Interests of members span all levels of education, and cover all levels
of pedagogical and historical training.
The group works rather informally. Its main binding element is the
HPM Newsletter, which is circulated by regional distributors.
The Newsletter fulfills a crucial role of informing and keeping in
touch people throughout the world. For very many readers, the
Newsletter is the main source of information about the activities of
others in this field. The role of its Editor is therefore pivotal.
(The position of Editor of the HPM Newsletter is currently vacant.)
From a structural point of view, HPM is under the responsibility of
an Advisory Board. A new Chair of the Board is invited by
the current Chair, after consultation within the Advisory Board.
Some of the members of the Board are members ex officio (the
former Chairs, the Chair of the USA section), some of them were
invited by the chair while some others have solicited for the
membership themselves and were accepted by the chair.
Conferences of HPM are organized in the same informal manner, either
at the initiative of one of HPM members who offers to
host a meeting, or at the initiative of the chair, who invites one
of the members to host a conference.
Advisory Board of HPM 1996-2000
Jan van Maanen (Chair)
University of Groningen
Department of Mathematics
P.O. Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen, THE NETHERLANDS
Vacancy (Editor of the HPM Newsletter)
George Booker (Australia)
Jacques Borowczyk (France)
Ubiratan D'Ambrosio (Brazil, former Chair)
John Fauvel (United Kingdom, former Chair)
Florence Fasanelli (USA, former Chair)
Gail Fitzsimons (Australia)
Lucia Grugnetti (Italy)
Abdulcarimo Ismael (Mozambique)
Hans Niels Jahnke (Germany)
Victor J. Katz (USA, Americas Section Chair)
Maasouma Kazim (Egypt)
Israel Kleiner (Canada)
Osamu Kota (Japan)
Mohini Mohamed (Malaysia)
Charles V. Jones (USA, former Americas Section Chair)
Eduardo Veloso (Portugal)
Greisy Winicki Landman (Israel)