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March 6, 2016 - September 3, 2017:  Sublime Symmetry touring exhibition, England

         This touring exhibit, “Sublime Symmetry: The Mathematics Behind William De Morgan’s Ceramic Designs”, showcases the work of William De Morgan, the celebrated Victorian Arts and Crafts designer. Over 80 magnificent works are presented, including ceramics from the De Morgan Collection and his designs on paper on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum. The pieces have all been chosen to demonstrate the mathematical concepts that are the basis for his beautiful and colorful ceramic designs. Entry to this family-friendly exhibition is either free or included within the standard admission price at each venue:

  • Mar. 6 - June 5, 2016: Towneley Hall, Burnley
  • Jun. 11 - Sep. 4, 2016: Cannon Hall, Barnsley
  • Sep. 10 - Dec. 4, 2016: Torre Abbey, Torbay
  • Dec. 10, 2016 - Mar. 4, 2017: New Walk Gallery, Leicester
  • Mar. 12 - Sep. 3, 2017: William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow.

October 27, 2016:  Curves in Honour of Leibniz’s Tercentenary, London, England

          This meeting, organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), is scheduled at Barnard’s Inn Hall at Gresham College. It features talks by Snezana Lawrence (Univ. of Bath), Kenneth Falconer (Univ. of St Andrews), and Jan Van Maanen (Univ. of Utrecht). Admission is free of charge, but a ticket will be required via the Gresham College website.

November 3-6, 2016:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA 

          This year’s conference, scheduled at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, is held jointly with the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) and the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA). The deadline for submitting proposals is April 8, 2016.

November 4-5, 2016:  MAA Maryland-District of Columbia-Virginia Section Fall Meeting, Baltimore, MD

          The Fall meeting of the Maryland-District of Columbia-Virginia Section of the Mathematical Assn. of America, scheduled this year at Johns Hopkins Univ., includes a Saturday Afternoon Address by William Dunham (Bryn Mawr College), “Euler in Two Acts”, and a banquet address by Caren Diefenderfer (Hollins Univ.), Betty Mayfield (Hood College), and Jon Scott (emeritus, Montgomery College), “The MD-DC-VA Section: The First 100 Years”.

November 12, 2016:  MAA New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware Sections Fall Meeting, Villanova, PA

          The Joint Fall meeting of the New Jersey Section and the Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware Section of the Mathematical Assn. of America, scheduled this year at Villanova Univ., includes an Invited Speaker address by Betty Mayfield (Hood College), “Gerbert d'Aurillac and the March of Spain: A Guy in the Right Place at the Right Time”.

November 16, 2016: Claude Shannon Lecture, Princeton, NJ

           Sergio Verdú (Eugene Higgins Prof. of Electrical Engineering at Princeton Univ.) will a deliver a public lecture, “Claude E. Shannon”, at 5:30p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the campus of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). The lecture focuses on the contributions of the well-known mathematician and information scientist Claude Shannon (Apr. 30, 1916 – Feb. 24, 2001) in conjunction with the centennial celebrations. Shannon, considered the “father of information theory”, was a Member in the IAS School of Mathematics in 1940-41. Admission is free, but prior registration is requested via the weblink given above.

November 17, 2016:  The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova, PA

         To be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room 300 of the Saint Augustine Center, Villanova Univ. Following conversation and a light supper (donation: $10.00), beginning at approx. 6:30 or 6:45 William Dunham (Research Associate at Bryn Mawr College and Professor Emeritus at Muhlenberg College) will speak on “Bertrand Russell at Bryn Mawr”. Bertrand Russell – philosopher, mathematician, social critic, atheist, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Nobel Laureate – had strong connections to Bryn Mawr College. He visited campus in 1896, 1914, and 1943-44. These visits brought him scholarly recognition, many friends, two books, one wife, and (what else would we expect from Lord Russell?) more than a little controversy. It all makes for a rip-roaring tale. Drawing on letters by and about Russell and articles from contemporary publications, Dr. Dunham will give a sense of the long and deep bond between Bertrand Russell and Bryn Mawr.

November 17-20, 2016:  AMATYC Annual Conference, Denver, CO

December 15, 2016:  The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova, PA

         To be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room 300 of the Saint Augustine Center, Villanova Univ. Following conversation and a light supper (donation: $10.00), beginning at approx. 6:30 or 6:45 Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College) will speak on “Anschauliche Geometrie in 1832: Jakob Steiner, the Illustrated Figure, and the Imagination”. The transition away from figure-based reasoning during the long 19th century is often framed in terms of intuition and rigor. However, the use of the figure could also be attacked from the perspective of intuition, as shown in Steiner's injunction that stereometric geometry could only be properly understood when viewed purely through the inner imagination without any intermediary sensory medium such as an illustrated figure. As a student of Pestalozzi, a friend of the Humboldts, and a contemporary of Schelling, Steiner's evolving approach to the figure reflected the philosophical movements of his time, while continuing to dominate synthetic geometry into the 20th century.


January 4-7, 2017:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Atlanta, GA

         The "largest mathematics conference in the world" will include, among others, the following presentations and sessions relevant to the history of mathematics and its use in teaching:

  • Four AMS-MAA-ICHM Special Sessions on History of Mathematics, organized by Adrian Rice (Randolph-Macon College), Sloan Despeaux (Western Carolina Univ.), and Daniel Otero (Xavier Univ.)
  • MAA General Contributed Paper Session on History or Philosophy of Mathematics, organized by Emelie Kenney (Siena College), Kimberly Presser (Shippensburg Univ.), and Melvin Royer (Indiana Wesleyan Univ.)
  • Two MAA Contributed Paper Session on Preserving and Writing the History of Mathematics Departments, organized by Toke Knudsen (SUNY-Oneonta) and Larry D'Antonio (Ramapo College of New Jersey)
  • HOM SIGMAA Guest Lecture by Glen Van Brummelen (Quest Univ.), “Trigonometry and the Challenge of the History of Mathematics”
  • HOM SIGMAA Reception, preceded by HOM SIGMAA Business Meeting
  • Among the talks scheduled in other sessions:
    • Janet Heine Barnett (Colorado State Univ. – Pueblo), “Drinking Straight from the Source: Learning Today’s Mathematics Through Its Historical Roots”, part of the Presentations by MAA Teaching Award Recipients
    • Janet Heine Barnett (Colorado State Univ. – Pueblo), “Read the Masters! Learning Abstract Algebra via Primary Source Projects”, part of the MAA Session on Teaching Abstract Algebra: Topics and Techniques, I
    • Daniel Otero (Xavier Univ.), “Preparing Students for Trigonometry with a Primary Source Project”, part of the MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Teaching and Learning Introductory Mathematics
    • Jerry Lodder (New Mexico State Univ.), “Distance in Geometry”, part of the MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Geometry
    • Colm Mulcahy (Spelman College), “Irish Mathematicians in American Mathematics: A Historical Perspective”, part of the MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Other Topics, II
    • Nicholas A. Scoville (Ursinus College), “Collaborative Research: Transforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources (TRIUMPHS), part of the MAA Invited Paper Session on Research in Improving Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Education: Examples Supported by the NSF’s IUSE: EHR Program
    • Dominic Klyve, Janet Heine Barnett, Kathleen Clark, Jerry Lodder, Daniel E. Otero, Diana White, and Nicholas A. Scoville, “Transforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources (TRIUMPHS), part of the MAA/NSF Poster Session: NSF Division of Undergraduate Education Awards in the Mathematical Sciences.

April 2, 2017:  Deadline for 2017 HOM SIGMAA Student Essay Contest

          Entries to the 14th annual MAA History of Mathematics Special Interest Group Student Writing Contest are due to HOM SIGMAA Prize Coordinator Dominic Klyve by April 2, 2017. For more information, contact Dominic Klyve.

Three days between May 27 and June 2, 2017:  CSHPM Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

          Watch the website of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) for dates and details.

July 26-29, 2017:  MAA MathFest, Chicago, IL

July 23-29, 2017:  International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

          The 25th quadrennial International Congress is scheduled at the Praia Vermelha campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), with the theme “Science, Technology and Medicine between the Global and the Local”. The deadline for submission of proposals for stand-alone papers is November 30, 2016. Organized by the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST).

September 19-22, 2017:  Fifth Biennial International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education (ICHME-5), Utrecht, the Netherlands

         Organized by the Dutch Association of Mathematics Teachers in cooperation with the Freudenthal Institute and the Descartes Centre of the University of Utrecht. Fifth in a series of research conferences on the history of mathematics education, whose themes have included geometry teaching, algebra teaching, teaching of calculus, interdisciplinarity and contexts, the modern mathematics movements, curricula history, development of mathematics education in specific countries, practices of teaching, mathematics textbooks, teacher education, and transmission and reception of ideas. Abstracts of proposed contributions must be submitted before April 1, 2017.

November 9-12, 2017:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

November 9-12, 2017:  AMATYC Annual Conference, San Diego, CA



January 10-13, 2018:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA

August 1-4, 2018:  MAA MathFest, Denver, CO

November 1-4, 2018:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

November 15-18, 2018:  AMATYC Annual Conference, Orlando, FL



January 16-19, 2019:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD

July 31 - August 3, 2019:  MAA MathFest, Cincinnati, OH



January 15-18, 2020:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Denver, CO



January 6-9, 2021:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC


Please send Calendar items to Randy Schwartz.