The Mathematical Intelligencer

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 37–42 | Cite as

In Search of Shadows: The First Topological Conference, Moscow 1935

  • Darya E. ApushkinskayaEmail author
  • Alexander I. Nazarov
  • Galina I. Sinkevich

The First International Topological Conference took place in Moscow, September 4–10, 1935. In fact, it was the first truly international specialized topological meeting in the history of the world mathematical community (see [6]). The conference brought together many outstanding experts from ten countries. Moreover, it offered some “major breakthroughs toward future methods in topology of great import for the future of the subject” [32].

It should be emphasized that because of the political situation in the USSR, organizing this Moscow meeting was not an easy task. The conference was realized only thanks to the great efforts of Pavel Sergeyevich Aleksandrov. This was reflected, in particular, in Aleksandrov’s correspondence with Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov (see [27]). Shortly after the Moscow meeting, the Iron Curtain was lowered, separating Soviet science from the world community for more than two decades.

There are several official publications, historical notes, and reminiscences...



We are grateful to Lech Maligranda, who pointed out earlier unknown names from the conference photo and provided us with the paper [35]. We also would like to thank Jerzy Mioduszewski, Roman Duda, and Galina Smirnova for useful discussions, and Semën S. Kutateladze, Ignat Soroko, David Kramer, and the anonymous referee for valuable comments. The first author was partly supported by the “RUDN University Program 5-100.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Saarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)MoscowRussia
  3. 3.St. Petersburg Department of Steklov InstituteSt. PetersburgRussia
  4. 4.St. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  5. 5.St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil EngineeringSt. PetersburgRussia

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