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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.

September 8-10, 2016:  TRIUMPHS Site Tester Training Workshop, Denver, CO

           The University of Colorado Denver is the location for this training workshop for TRIUMPHS (Transforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources). This NSF-funded project is designing classroom modules called Primary Source Projects (PSPs) to be used by instructors of mathematics to teach topics across the standard undergraduate mathematics curriculum, and which introduce students to the central ideas of mathematics through the reading and study of primary historical sources in English translation. Each classroom site tester will receive a stipend; individuals interested in site testing any TRIUMPHS PSP or mini-PSP, now or in the future, are encouraged (but not required) to attend this workshop. The workshop will bring PSP authors and potential site testers together to learn more about the project. Travel, lodging, and meals will be provided for workshop participants; applications submitted by June 30, 2016 will be given priority.

September 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 Fred Rickey (Professor Emeritus, West Point Military Academy) will present a talk on Euler entitled, “E228 ". How can you decide if a number is the sum of two squares? Euler begins with the dumbest possible algorithm you can think of: Take the number, subtract a square, and check if the remainder is a square. If not, repeat, repeat, repeat. But Euler, being Euler, finds a way of converting all those subtractions into additions. He applies this to 1,000,009, and-- in less than a page-- finds that there are two ways to express this as a sum of squares. Hence, by earlier work in E228, it is not a prime. Amusingly, when he later described how to prepare a table of primes ad millionem et ultra (E467), he includes this number as prime. So he then feels obliged to write another paper, E699, using another refinement of his method, to show that 1,000,009 is not prime.

September 16-17, 2016:   Mathematical Biography: A Celebration of MacTutor, St. Andrews, Scotland

          Mathematical biography is one of the ways to build bridges between mathematics, mathematicians, and wider culture. The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, a website maintained by John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson since 1994, was called "the most widely used and influential web-based resource in history of mathematics" when its two authors were awarded the Hirst Prize of the London Mathematical Society in 2015.

          This conference at St. Andrews Univ., organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) and the St. Andrews Univ. Mathematics Department, especially welcomes papers that address the cultural roles of mathematical biography or the historiographic and technical issues surrounding writing mathematical biography, particularly if they take a case study approach. Proposals should be for short talks of approximately 15 minutes plus discussion time. In addition to papers, the conference organizers would be pleased to accept drafts of biographies for the MacTutor website. Send proposals by March 31 to Isobel Falconer .

September 26-30, 2016:  Scientific Instruments Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey

          The 35th quadrennial Scientific Instruments Symposium is scheduled at Istanbul University’s Congress and Culture Center, with the theme “Instruments between East and West”. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 13, 2016. Organized by the Scientific Instruments Commission (SIC) of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST). Hosted by the Dept. of the History of Science, Istanbul University.

September 30–October 1, 2016: ORESME Reading Group Fall Meeting, Cincinnati, OH

          The Ohio River Early Sources in Mathematical Exposition (ORESME) Reading Group will hold its Fall Meeting at Xavier University. This meeting is focused on the work of René-Louis Baire (1874-1932), whose work on the conditions under which sequences of continuous functions produce continuous limits helped to introduce the new set-theoretic ideas of Cantor into analysis. The readings can be downloaded from the above-linked website. Organizers Daniel J. Curtin (Northern Kentucky University) and Daniel E. Otero (Xavier University) welcome your inquiries. Meetings usually are held in September or October and in January or February.

October 11, 2016:  What Have Mathematicians Done for Us?, London, England

          This one-hour lecture by Chris Budd (Univ. of Bath) is scheduled at the Museum of London and is part of a series, “Mathematics and the Making of the Modern and Future World”. Seats are available on a “first come, first served” basis. Mathematics has played a vital role in the development of human civilization, and is the foundation of much of modern technology and popular culture. However, the achievements of mathematics and mathematicians are often unknown or misunderstood. In this talk, the contribution of mathematicians over the centuries will be celebrated, showing how mathematical ideas have huge relevance today – varying between Maxwell and the mobile phone, Florence Nightingale and modern statistics, Pythagoras and the development of music, Euclid and art, Euler and Facebook, and Cayley and Google. Even basic mathematics can make a profound difference to our lives.

October 14-15, 2016:  MAA North Central Section Fall Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

          The Fall meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Assn. of America, scheduled this year at the Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities, includes Invited Speaker addresses by Joe Gallian (Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth), “The North Central Section Contributions to the MAA and Mathematics”; Wally Sizer (retired, Minnesota State Univ.-Moorhead), “A Brief History of the North Central Section of the MAA”; and Paul Zorn (St. Olaf College), “Treasures from the MAA Attic”.

October 15-16, 2016:  HPM-Americas Fall Meeting, San Diego, CA

          The Americas Section of the International Study Group on the Relations Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM-Americas) will hold its Fall Meeting at Point Loma Nazarene Univ. There will be a variety of talks on relations between the history and pedagogy of mathematics. Submit abstracts to David Roberts or via the HPM Americas website. The deadline for receipt of abstracts of proposed talks is August 15, 2016. You will also be able to register for the meeting on the website.

October 20, 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 Toke Knudson (SUNY- Oneonta) will give a talk about the discussion of the didactic method of geometry that occurred in Denmark during the first decades of the 20th century, with an emphasis on the contributions of Johannes Hjelmslev (University of Copenhagen).

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

           In conjunction with the centennial celebrations, this lecture at the Institute for Advanced Study focuses on the contributions of the well-known mathematician and information scientist Claude Shannon (Apr. 30, 1916 – Feb. 24, 2001). Watch for details of a symposium on Shannon connected with this lecture.

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



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.)
  • 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, to be announced
  • HOM SIGMAA Reception, preceded by HOM SIGMAA Business Meeting.

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).

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.