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Middle Atlantic Symposium on the History of Mathematics


The Middle Atlantic Symposium on the History of Mathematics  will meet October 12-14, 2006 at Villanova University, near Philadelphia.  This year the discussion will center on Gauss and his Disquisitiones Arithmeticae.

The symposium is open to all interested individuals and will run in the following way:

  • Each participant is expected to read through Book 4 of Disquistiones, either in Latin or in its English translation with the same title. (One translation, by Arthur A. Clarke is a Yale book and available from Amazon.)
  • There will be, during the course of the symposium, six presentations on the life and/or work of Gauss. If you are interested in making such a presentation, please let the organizers know.
  • Thursday evening, October 12, there will be a regular meeting of the Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics, with a presentation related to Gauss and his work.
  • The sessions Friday morning and afternoon and Saturday morning will be devoted to the presentation and discussion; the session Saturday afternoon will be devoted to a discussion of the continuation in following years of the symposium.
  • There will be a registration fee charged to cover the cost of continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee on Friday and Saturday.

The symposium will be held at Villanova University.

If you are interested in participating in the symposium – no commitments at this point – please email George Rosenstein at or write him at 644 State St., Lancaster, PA 17603 to be added to the mailing list.


"Middle Atlantic Symposium on the History of Mathematics," Convergence (July 2006)