Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

People, events, and documents of ICMI's first century

Fulvia Furinghetti, Livia Giacardi

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On the occasion of the ICMI centenary, the authors of the present paper
built the website "The First Century of the International Commission on Mathematical
Instruction (1908-2008). History of ICMI," which contains information and documents
about people, events, and bodies intervening in the first century of this Commission.
This website provides an effective instrument for revisiting the history of ICMI and for
reflecting on some key moments. In particular, it makes it possible to identify how the
key ideas (internationalization, communication, solidarity) that inspired the founding of
ICMI were realized, as well as the how the relationship with the community of mathematicians
changed.


In the present paper we walk through the Portrait gallery section of the website, focusing
on the presidents of ICMI and their contributions to the evolution of both the
Commission's policies and its methodological approaches to problems, looking at the
history of ICMI from the perspective of the people who built it. Moreover, we present
some statistical data concerning the life of ICMI (people, countries, meetings, etc.) and
also offer flashes of lesser-known aspects that came to light after a reading of the documents
housed in ICMI Archives in Helsinki.


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