European Mathematical Society Newsletter, June 2003

Latvian Mathematical Society — 10 Years After

by Alexander Šostak

In January 2003 the Latvian Mathematical
Society (LMS) marked its 10th anniversary. Compared with such bodies as the
London Mathematical Society (established in 1865) or our neighbour the Estonian
Mathematical Society (which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2001), we are still in
our infancy, being one of the youngest mathematical societies in Europe.
However, mathematics and mathematicians existed in Latvia long before the
LMS was founded, and therefore I would like to say some words about the prehistory
of the LMS, mentioning some facts about mathematics and mathematicians
related to Latvia before 1993 when the LMS was founded...