Wednesday, 22 April 2009

The London Mathematical Society

Readers of this blog may be aware of the controversial proposal to form a New Unified Mathematical Society in the UK and consequently to disband the London Mathematical Society and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Yesterday I attended the first of the necessary two Special General Meetings of the LMS which passed by a narow majority the motion to proceed with the winding up of the Society.

For such a historic event it was all rather low-key. There was an hour of procedural wrangles before the vote, but no discussion of the substantive issue.

I suppose the vote of the Scottish Parliament in January 1707 for the Treaty of Union must have been rather similar.