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 Current Issue: Vol. XX, Num. 2, December 2012


A brief history of the journal

Matemáticas: Enseñanza Universitaria was founded in 1977 by Professor Yu Takeuchi of the Universidad  Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá. By that time, the Journal began a successful activity, publishing over 42 issues that reached the whole Colombian mathematical community. However, due to the lack of financial support the journal went out of circulation in 1987. The corporation ERM acquired the rights of publication and started a new series of Matemáticas: Enseñanza Universitaria (Nueva Serie) in 1990.  




Yu Takeuchi (U. Nacional)


In the mean time the journal has modified its editorial policy according to the new developments of the mathematics in Colombia. While the first issues of the Journal were addressed to Colombian teachers with little knowledge of modern mathematics, the new serie is more aimed to young researchers and professional mathematicians of all Latin American countries.  

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Professor Takeuchi was born in 1927 in Tokio. He obtained the degree of Scientist, with specialty in theoretical physics in the Imperial University of Tokio. In 1959 Professor Takeuchi accepted an appointment from Japan's foreign office to visit the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, where he later decided to accept a permanent position, developing a successful career as mathematician and educator. Professor Takeuchi influence in the Colombian mathematical community has been enormous. Several generations of researchers grew up and continue growing under his inspiration and advice. Professor Takeuchi retired from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 1987 but he is still a very active mathematician and has not given up teaching or research. Prof. Takeuchi publications include numerous papers and books. His latest book, "Sucesiones recurrentes", was published by the  Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2005.

Not only Japan signed the life of Professor Takeuchi but also Colombia, the country to which he has dedicated his effort, and perhaps the best of himself. He married his wife Shizu Tan at Japan, yet two of his children, Nobouru and Caori, are born in Colombia.

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