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October 5, 2015: The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova, PA
To be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Devon Room, Connelly Center, 2nd Floor. Following conversation and a light supper (donation: $10.00), beginning at approx. 6:30 or 6:45 Robin Wilson (Open University, UK) will speak on “A Century of Graph Theory”. This talk covers the period from around 1890, when graph theory was mainly a collection of isolated results, to the 1990s when it had become part of mainstream mathematics. Among many other topics it includes material on the four-color problem, trees, graph structure, and graph algorithms. No particular knowledge of graph theory is assumed..
October 7-11, 2015: Society for History of Technology Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM
October 10-15, 2015: Espace Mathématique Francophone (EMF 2015), Tipaza, Algeria
This year’s conference, the sixth in a series of triennial symposia, will explore "Cultural Plurality and Universality of Mathematics: Challenges and Prospects for their Teaching and Learning." One of the strengths of mathematics lies in the universality of its results. Yet each mathematical concept first emerged in a particular cultural context, and was enriched by the contributions of various civilizations; for example, Northwest Africa was at a time one of the important areas of development and dissemination of mathematical knowledge. This dialectic between plurality and universality is found in several aspects in teaching and learning mathematics, which are central to the theme of this symposium. The language of the conference is French. For more information, see the general announcement and the Call for Papers from one of the conference working groups, Historical Dimension of Mathematics Instruction.
October 16–17, 2015: 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. The focus will be on some central texts that illustrate G. W. Leibniz's development of the differential and integral calculus; see 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 24, 2015: Doing Mathematics in Different Cultural Contexts: A Conference Honoring Professor Judith Grabiner, Claremont, CA
Pitzer College hosts this History of Mathematics conference on the occasion of the retirement of Dr. Judith V. Grabiner, the Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor of Mathematics and a four-time winner of the MAA's Lester R. Ford Award. Speakers include Joseph Dauben, Jemma Lorenat, Karen Parshall, and Uta C. Merzbach. A dinner will be held after the talks.
October 24-25, 2015: American Mathematical Society (AMS) Fall Western Sectional Meeting, Fullerton, CA
This meeting, held at California State Univ. Fullerton, includes a Special Session on History and Philosophy of Mathematics, organized by Jim Tattersall (Providence College) and Shawn McMurran (California State Univ. San Bernardino).
October 29, 2015: Women in Mathematics: A Celebration of the Bicentenary of Ada Lovelace, London, UK
To be held at Gresham College, with principal speaker Ursula Martin, Professor of Computer Science at Oxford Univ., on “The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace”. The additional speakers are Fenny Smith, “Hypatia— Sifting The Myths”; and Peter Neumann, “Hanna Neumann: A Mathematician in Difficult Times”.
October 29 – December 18, 2015: Exhibit Marking the Bicentenary of Ada Lovelace, Oxford, UK
Computer scientist Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815–1852), is best known for a remarkable article about Charles Babbage’s unbuilt computer, the Analytical Engine: it presented the first documented computer program, to calculate the Bernoulli numbers, and explained the ideas underlying Babbage’s machine. This display, in the new Weston Library, part of the Univ. of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, offers a chance to see Lovelace’s correspondence with Babbage, with scientist Mary Somerville, and with Augustus De Morgan, a leading mathematician and pioneer in logic and algebra, as well as her childhood exercises and mathematical notes. The exhibit is organized by the Bodleian Libraries and the Univ. of Oxford’s Dept. of Computer Science, working with colleagues in the Mathematics Institute, Oxford e-Research Centre, Somerville College, the Faculty of English, and TORCH.
See also the related symposium, Dec. 9-10.
October 30 - November 1, 2015: HPM Americas Section Fall Meeting, Amherst, MA
The History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) Americas Section will hold its Fall Meeting at the Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst, Friday - Sunday, October 30 - November 1, 2015. There will be a variety of talks on relations between the history and pedagogy of mathematics. Talks on experience with using history in mathematics classrooms are especially encouraged. Talks seeking comment on untested ideas for using history to teach mathematics are also welcome. Talks will be about 25 minutes long, followed by abundant time for discussion.
Submit abstracts by September 1, 2015, to David Roberts or via the HPM Americas website. You can also register for the meeting on the website.
November 5-7, 2015: Conference, “Ptolemy’s Science of the Stars in the Middle Ages”, London, UK
This conference, held at the Warburg Institute, is organized jointly by the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus and the Warburg Institute.
November 19, 2015: The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova, PA
To be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Saint Augustine Center Room 300, Villanova Univ. Following conversation and a light supper (donation: $10.00), beginning at approx. 6:30 or 6:45 John Bukowski (Juniata College) will present a talk, “Christiaan Huygens' Later Work on the Hanging Chain (Catenary)”.
November 19-22, 2015: History of Science Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
November 19-22, 2015: AMATYC Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA
The theme of the 41st annual conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges will be "Jazz It Up".
November 20-21, 2015: MAA Northeastern Section Fall Meeting, Wenham, Massachusetts
At this meeting, to be held at Gordon College, James J. Tattersall will deliver the Christie Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, evening on "Two Late Nineteenth Century Mathematicians." Jason Cordeira will present "Mathematics and Meteorology: The History of Numerical Weather Prediction and Modern Weather Forecasting," at 9 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 21 morning. Finally, on Saturday at 10 a.m., C. Edward Sandifer will receive the Howard Eves Award, given by the Northeastern Section once every five years for "Evesian" accomplishments in some or all of teaching, outreach, research in geometry and/or history of mathematics, and contributions to the Section.
December 1, 2015: CSU History of Mathematics Seminar, Ft. Collins, Colorado
Alexander Soifer (Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Springs) will give a talk, “The Scholar and the State: In Search of a Moral Compass”, at 11am in room Weber 201 at Colorado State University at Ft. Collins. The presentation will focus on his book, The Scholar and the State: In Search of Van der Waerden (Springer Birkhäuser, 2015), which follows B. L. van der Waerden and Werner Heisenberg, especially their lives and deeds in the Third Reich, and provides lessons that are of value in the world of today.
December 3, 2015: The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova, PA
To be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Saint Augustine Center Room 300, Villanova Univ. Following conversation and a light supper (donation: $10.00), beginning at approx. 6:30 or 6:45 Tom Drucker (Univ. of Wisconsin, Whitewater) will present a talk, “Two Thumbs Up: Gődel and Turing at the Movies". Kurt Gődel and Alan Turing were distinctive in aspects of personality as well as in their contributions to mathematics, logic, and computer science. Their tastes in movie-going can be criticized by those who might have wished them to prefer Fritz Lang, but they do give a flavor of their personalities. In addition to being viewers of movies, they have also both been portrayed on stage and the screen, and the way in which their work and personality have been captured adds to our understanding of the public appreciation of what is seen as the eccentricity of genius.
December 4-7, 2015: Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting, Montreal, Quebec
The CMS Winter Meeting will include a paper session on History and Philosophy of Mathematics organized by Tom Archibald (Simon Fraser University) and a plenary lecture by mathematical philosopher Jamie Tappenden (University of Michigan). Tappenden will give the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Plenary Lecture.
December 5, 2015: BSHM Christmas Meeting, Birmingham, UK
Annual Christmas Meeting of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. Held jointly with the Birmingham and Midlands Institute. 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. An eclectic mix of talks on interesting historical mathematical issues.
December 8, 2015: Texts and Contexts: The Cultural Legacies of Ada Lovelace, Oxford, UK
This one-day workshop for graduate students and early career researchers is organized by Oxford University's Mathematics Institute and St Anne’s College. See also the related Symposium on December 9-10, below.
December 9-10, 2015: Symposium Marking the Bicentenary of Ada Lovelace, Oxford, UK
This conference at Oxford Univ. is aimed at a broad audience interested in the history and culture of mathematics and computer science, presenting current scholarship on Lovelace’s life and work, and linking her ideas to contemporary thinking about computing, artificial intelligence and the brain. A few of the speakers are Lovelace biographer Betty Toole, computer historian Doron Swade, graphic novelist Sydney Padua, and mathematician/ historians June Barrow-Green (Open University) and Judith Grabiner (Pitzer College). Other activities will include a workshop for early career researchers, a “Music and Machines” event, and a dinner in Balliol College on December 9, the eve of Lovelace’s 200th birthday. The symposium is organized by the Bodleian Libraries and the Univ. of Oxford’s Dept. of Computer Science, working with colleagues in the Mathematics Institute, Oxford e-Research Centre, Somerville College, the Faculty of English, and TORCH.
See also the related Celebration (London) and Exhibit (Oxford), both listed above for Oct. 29.
January 6-9, 2016: AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA
The "largest mathematics conference in the world" will include the following presentations and sessions on the history of mathematics and its use in teaching:
- AMS-MAA Special Session on The History of Mathematics, organized by Patti Hunter (Westmont College), Adrian Rice (Randolph-Macon College), Sloan Despeaux (Western Carolina Univ.), and Deborah Kent (Drake Univ.)
- MAA Contributed Paper Session on The Contributions of Minorities to Mathematics Throughout History, organized by Amy Shell-Gellasch (Montgomery College) and Lloyd Douglas (Univ. of North Carolina)
- MAA Contributed Paper Session on Incorporating the History of Mathematics into Developmental Math Courses, organized by Van Herd (Univ. of Texas-Austin) and Amy Shell-Gellasch (Montgomery College)
- MAA General Contributed Paper Session on the History of Philosophy of Mathematics, organized by Bem Cayco (San Jose State Univ.), Timothy Comar (Benedictine Univ.), and T. James Reid (Univ. of Mississippi).
April 13-16, 2016: NCTM Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
The Annual Meeting and Exposition of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics always includes several presentations and workshops on incorporating mathematics history into elementary and secondary school classrooms.
May 25-28, 2016: 12th Maghrebian Symposium on the History of Arabic Mathematics (COMHISMA12), Marrakech, Morocco
This meeting, taking place at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) Université Cadi Ayyad, aims to increase interest in the history of Arab mathematics as a fundamental phase in the general history of mathematics, and to provide Maghrebian researchers in this field an opportunity to collaborate with their foreign colleagues, in particular on:
- the discovery, editing and translation of important manuscripts
- the interaction between mathematics and the social, economic and cultural needs of society
- identification of educational traditions of mathematics in the Arab-Islamic civilization
- highlighting the links between mathematics and other fields of knowledge
- highlighting the contributions of the Muslim West in constructing the edifice of mathematics.
Talks are presented in one of the languages Arabic, French, or English. The application deadline is July 30, 2015.
May 28-30, 2016: CSHPS/SCHPS Annual Meeting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science / La Société Canadienne d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences (CSHPS/SCHPS) is scheduled at the University of Calgary, in conjunction with the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Abstract deadline is January 15, 2016.
May 29-31, 2016: CSHPM/SCHPM Annual Meeting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics / La Société Canadienne d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Mathématiques (CSHPM/SCHPM) is scheduled at the University of Calgary, in conjunction with the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Special Session topic for the meeting will be "Mathematics and Logic in the 19th and 20th Centuries." The Kenneth May Lecturer will be Dr. Jamie Tappenden (Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan). Abstract deadline is February 1, 2016.
June 9-10, 2016: From Sea to Sky: the Evolution of Air Navigation from the Ocean and Beyond, Greenwich, UK
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.
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 18-23, 2016: Tenth Quinquennial International Leibniz Congress, Hannover, Germany
This conference is scheduled at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University.
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 Conference on Mathematical Education (ICME-13) is scheduled at the Institut de Recherche sur l'Enseignement des Mathematiques (IREM), Universite 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 24-31, 2016: International Congress on Mathematical Education, Hamburg, Germany
The 13th quadrennial International Congress on Mathematics Education (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".
August 3-6, 2016: MAA MathFest, Columbus, OH
August 21-24, 2015: 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.
November 3-6, 2016: History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta,GA
November 17-20, 2016: AMATYC Annual Conference, Denver, CO
January 4-7, 2017: AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Atlanta, GA
July 26-29, 2017: MAA MathFest, Chicago, IL
Summer 2017: 25th quadrennial International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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
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