Notices of the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians

Volume 4 (2016)

Number 1

Chinese mathematics and the ICCM

Pages: 73 – 87



Lizhen Ji (Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., U.S.A.)


China is big and growing, and Chinese mathematics is also expanding and merging with the world mathematics. Chinese mathematics is a part of the world mathematics but has its distinct features. What is special about the community of Chinese mathematicians? How has Chinese mathematics evolved and interacted with the outside world? How will it impact the future of mathematics and the global mathematics community in the world?

Though these questions are complex due to sizes of mathematics communities and of China and historical reasons, one good way to understand them is to take a look at an organization which represents Chinese mathematicians and their friends and collaborators around the world: the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians (ICCM).

In this short article, we will take a look at its history, activities and resulting records.

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