Lessons from the past of Mathematical Communication

Patrick Ion 

We can perhaps usefully look at some past events in the history of mathematical communication to remind us of some pitfalls that may lie between us and its wonderful future. A story about attempts to provide universal mathematical encoding may be relevant to some of today's efforts. The tragic tale of a wonderful bibliography and its loss may remind us of the importance of conscious archiving and multiplexing. Some of the excesses of notation standardization may remind us of present trends. Other instances will be mentioned as time permits.

created Mon Dec 6 13:35:29 PST 1999