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# historic example of culture collaborations as a result of ma...

Submitted by ursharona on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 19:38

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I'm writing a college essay on how I think that math is a good way to promote diplomacy because of its universal nature. I need specific examples in which cultures collaborated peacefully through math.

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## Re: historic example of culture collaborations as a result o...

The best I can think of is the USSR vs USA. They used to try to share information, but sometimes they encounter problems by governments. But you still can find results found by soviet mathematicians that were found years later by another one in the west independently due to lack of communication.

For what is worth, I have a teacher who made his graduate studies on the soviet union and latter he was able to find work at the Courant.

I actually believe that most mathematicians (and scientists) during the cold war were tired of the restrictions that both governments place on communications between them.

## Re: historic example of culture collaborations as a result o...

Great shame that in almost 8 months no one can think of a single example of cultures collaborating peacefully through maths. Of course we collaborate (reasonably peacefully) ON maths, just go to any reasonably large conference to see people from all over the world, or even just any maths department. But I don't know about bringing cultures together in the first place. Sigh.

Stevie