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January 18 - July 29, 2016:  John Dee exhibit, London, England

          "Scholar, Courtier, Magician: The Lost Library of John Dee" is an exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians (Regent’s Park, London) exploring one of Tudor England’s most extraordinary and enigmatic figures. Mathematician, magician, astronomer, astrologer, imperialist, alchemist and spy, John Dee (1527–1609) continues to fascinate and inspire centuries after he entered the court of Elizabeth I. This exhibit explores Dee through his personal library. On display for the first time are Dee’s mathematical, astronomical, and alchemical texts, many elaborately annotated and illustrated by Dee’s own hand. Now held in the collections of the Royal College of Physicians, they reveal tantalizing glimpses into the "conjuror’s mind“.

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.

June 1 – July 31, 2016:  Claude Shannon Exhibit, Cambridge, MA

           In conjunction with the centennial celebrations, this exhibit at the MIT Museum (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) explores the contributions of the well-known mathematician and information scientist Claude Shannon (Apr. 30, 1916 – Feb. 24, 2001).

June 6-9, 2016:  Nexus 2016, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain  

           The 12th international, interdisciplinary, biennial Nexus conference for architecture and mathematics is hosted by the Higher Technical School of Architecture at the University of the Basque Country (E.T.S. Arquitectura UPV/EHU) and by Kim Williams Books. Nexus 2016 is certain to have sessions that incorporate the history of the relation between architecture and mathematics.

June 9, 2016:  John Wallis (1616-1703): Mathematics, Music Theory, and Cryptography in 17th Century Oxford, Oxford, England

           This day of talks, scheduled in Room L2 of the Andrew Wiles Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford, marks the 400th birthday of John Wallis, the former Savilian Professor of Geometry. It is organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) and the Oxford University Mathematical Institute. A modest admission fee and advance online registration are required via Eventbrite: use the conference link given above.

June 9-10, 2016:  From Sea to Sky: the Evolution of Air Navigation from the Ocean and Beyond, Greenwich, England

          This conference at the National Maritime Museum is organized jointly by the Royal Museums Greenwich and the Royal Institute of Navigation. Abstract deadline is November 6, 2015.

June 22-25, 2016:  Eighth Quadrennial Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

          The eighth joint meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and the History of Science Society will take place at the University of Alberta. The program will include themed sessions, plenary lectures, and panels. A typical presentation will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions, but special sessions such as round tables and panels will be accommodated. The deadline for submitting a session or paper proposal is December 4, 2015.

June 22-26, 2016:  Society for History of Technology Annual Meeting, Singapore

June 25, 2016:  Mathematics in the Enlightenment, Oxford, England

          This meeting at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square Oxford, will explore the mathematics of the Enlightenment (c.1650-c.1800), a period in which mathematical thought and a belief in logic underpinned the European World view. While algebraic methods became dominant as a mathematical language during the period, mathematics was applied to a wide range of topics, such as architecture, the law, statistics and ship building in many different forms. Speakers include Jane Wess, Jeremy Gray, Rosie Cretney, Norman Biggs, Alan Morton, Stephen Johnston, Allan Chapman, and Sarah Hutton. Organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM).

July 7-16, 2016:  Leibniz Tercentenary Summer School, Leipzig and Hannover, Germany

         This summer school is for those at the master's, doctoral, or post-doctoral levels who are researching works of G. W. Leibniz. Organized in two successive sessions, one in each city, by the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, the Leibniz Endowed Professorship at the University of Hanover, and the International Leibniz Congress (see July 18-23, below). Applications for lodging, food, and some travel expenses are due by January 1, 2016.

July 8, 2016:  Mathematical Communication during the Cold War, Oxford, England

           This set of three talks, scheduled in Lecture Room L5 of the Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road, Oxford, takes up the broad issue of communication (or lack thereof) between mathematicians during the Cold War, and the ways in which the political climate of the 20th century both helped and hindered the development of mathematics. It is organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), with support from the London Mathematical Society and the Oxford University Mathematical Institute. Admission is free, but advance online registration is requested via Eventbrite: use the conference link given above.

July 11, 2016:  Thomas Harriot Seminar, London, England

         Scheduled this year at Birkbeck, Univ. of London, this annual seminar celebrates the life and times of the mathematician Thomas Harriot (1560-1621). This year’s meeting includes sessions on early modern mathematics, the history and archaeology of the Virginia colony, and early modern cosmology. Registration for this event is free, but please e-mail Stephen Clucas to secure a place.

July 18-22, 2016:  History and Pedagogy of Mathematics Satellite Conference of ICME, Montpellier, France

          The International Study Group for History and Pedagogy of Mathematics quadrennial Satellite Conference (HPM 2016) of the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13) is scheduled at the Institut de Recherche sur l'Enseignement des Mathématiques (IREM), Université Montpellier 2, France. The HPM 2016 theme is “Mathematics in the Mediterranean”. The program includes plenary lectures, panels, discussion groups, workshops, sessions for research reports, a poster session, and exhibitions of books and other didactical material.

July 18-22, 2016:  Seventh quadrennial European Congress of Mathematics, Berlin, Germany

          This quadrennial Congress of the European Mathematical Society is scheduled at the Technischen Universität (TU) and includes several activities related to the history of mathematics:

  • A dedicated History Session organized by Martin Grötschel (President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences), with lectures by Eberhard Knobloch (TU Berlin) on Leibniz, Gerhard Wanner (Univ. of Geneva) on Lagrange, Günter M. Ziegler (Free Univ. of Berlin) on Euler, and Jürgen Sprekels (Humboldt-Univ. of Berlin) on Karl Weierstraß.
  • Plenary speakers include Karine Chemla (CNRS Université Paris Diderot), who is Principal Investigator of Project SAW (Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World)
  • Award of the Otto Neugebauer Prize to an historian of mathematics for "highly original and influential work in the field of history of mathematics"
  • In conjunction with the Congress, a book will be published, Mathematical Berlin by Iris and Martin Grötschel (all participants will obtain a hard copy as a gift), which is a guidebook to places, institutions, and persons of historical mathematical interest in the center of Berlin.

July 18-23, 2016:  Tenth quinquennial International Leibniz Congress, Hannover, Germany

         This conference is scheduled at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University.

July 24-31, 2016:  13th quadrennial International Congress on Mathematical Education, Hamburg, Germany

         ICME-13 will be held at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Proposals for papers must be submitted via the ICME-13 website between Sep. 1 and Oct. 1, 2015.

          A special feature of ICME-13 is a Thematic Afternoon in which the following three strands will take place in parallel:

  • "European Didactic Traditions"
  • "German-Speaking Traditions in Mathematics Education Research"
  • "The Legacy of Felix Klein".

          Among the Invited Lectures related to mathematics history:

  • "Intersections of Culture, Language, and Mathematics Education: Looking Back and Looking Ahead" (Marta Civil, Univ. of Arizona)
  • "Learning Modern Algebra from Early Attempts to Prove Fermat’s Last Theorem: A Course for Prospective Teachers" (Al Cuoco, Education Development Center)
  • "In Memoriam Paulus Gerdus" (Ubiratan D’Ambrosio, State Univ. of Campinas, Brazil)
  • "History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education: Can We Restore Mathematics as a Liberal Art?" (Michael Fried, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Israel)
  • "Equity in Ethnomathematics: Connecting Research, Pedagogy, and Promising Practices" (Linda Furuto, Univ. of Hawai’i at Mānoa).

          Among the Topic Study Groups related to mathematics history:

  • TSG 24, "The History of the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics"
  • TSG 25, "The Role of History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education"
  • TSG 35, "The Role of Ethnomathematics in Mathematics Education".

July 25-26, 2016:  Euler Society Annual Conference, Garden City, NY

          For this meeting at Adelphi Univ., the Euler Society invites proposals for papers about Leonhard Euler's life and work. The deadline for abstract submission is June 3, and the deadline for attendance registration is June 17.

August 3-6, 2016:  MAA MathFest, Columbus, OH

          Includes a General Contributed Paper Session on the History of Mathematics (Saturday 8:30 - 11:40 am).

August 9-13, 2016:  Bridges Conference, Jyväskylä, Finland

          Bridges: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture is the world’s largest interdisciplinary conference on mathematics and art. The conference is certain to have sessions that incorporate the history of the relation between the arts and mathematics. The paper submission deadline is February 1, 2016.

August 21-24, 2016:   BSHM/LMFK Conference on the Use of History of Mathematics in Teaching , Bath, UK

          This conference at Bath Spa University is organized jointly by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) and the Danish Association for Mathematics Teachers (LMFK). It provides an opportunity for secondary school teachers and mathematics educators in Denmark and the United Kingdom to develop ideas about cases and share best practice in using the history of mathematics. The ambition is to build collaborations and forums for exchange of experiences and materials for mutual benefit.

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 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. Check the website for more details. 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 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 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 16, 2016: Shannon Symposium, Princeton, NJ

           In conjunction with the centennial celebrations, this symposium 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).

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



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

         The conference will include, among others, the following presentations and sessions on the history of mathematics and its use in teaching:

  • 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).

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.