Charles Fran¸ cois Sturm, through his papers published in the 1830’s, is considered to be the founder of Sturm-Liouville theory. He was born in Geneva in Sept- ber 1803. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth, an international colloquium in recognition of Sturm’s major contributions to science took place at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, following a proposal by Andreas Hinz. The colloquium was held from 15 to 19 September 2003 and attended by more than 60 participants from 16 countries. It was organized by Werner Amrein of the Depa- mentofTheoreticalPhysicsandJean-ClaudePont,leaderoftheHistoryofScience group of the University of Geneva. The meeting was divided into two parts. In the ?rst part, historians of science discussed the many contributions of Charles Sturm tomathematicsandphysics,includinghispedagogicalwork. Thesecondpartofthe colloquium was then devoted to Sturm-Liouville theory. The impact and devel- ment of this theory,from the death of Sturm to the presentday,was the subject of a series of generalpresentations by leading experts in the ?eld, and the colloquium concluded with a workshop covering recent research in this highly active area. This drawing together of historical presentations with seminars on current mathematicalresearchleft participantsin no doubtof the degreeto whichSturm’s original ideas are continuing to have an impact on the mathematics of our own times. The format of the conference provided many opportunities for exchange of ideas and collaboration and might serve as a model for other multidisciplinary meetings.
Covers a unique meeting (200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Sturm)Combines history with current researchInternationally renowned authorsTribute to a great Swiss mathematician