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2007 Joint Mathematics Meetings

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As usual, the Joint Mathematics Meetings contain many sessions dealing with the history of mathematics and its use in teaching.  In particular, given that 2007 is the 300th birthday of Leonhard Euler, there are several sessions dealing with his life and work.  What follows is a summary of the historical sessions.  More details can be found on the website  for the meetings.  The website also contains details on registration and accommodations.

Wednesday and Thursday, January 3-4, 2007, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

MAA Short Course on Leonhard Euler:  Looking Back After 300 Years

This two-day Short Course on Leonhard Euler - Looking Back After 300 Years is organized by Edward Sandifer, Western Connecticut State University, and Robert Bradley, Adelphi University, and will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, January 3 and 4, 2007.

In 2007 we celebrate the 300th anniversary of Euler's birth. As the preparation and publication of more than 70 volumes of his works and correspondence in the Opera Omnia begins to wind down, this is a fitting occasion to take an in depth look at what Euler did and how it fit in the context of his own times. Seven historians of mathematics will describe their recent work on Euler, his life, times, science and mathematics.

The program includes the following lectures: A Mathematical Life in the Enlightenment, Ronald S. Calinger, Catholic University of America; Leonhard Euler and the Function Concept, Ruediger Thiele, University of Leipzig; D'Alembert, Clairaut and Lagrange: Euler and the French Mathematical Community; Robert E. Bradley, Adelphi University; Enter, Stage Center: The Early Drama of Hyperbolic Functions in the Age of Euler, Janet Barnett, Colorado State University - Pueblo; Euler and Classical Physics, Stacy G. Langton, University of San Diego; Elliptic Integrals, Mechanics and Differential Equations, Lawrence A. D'Antonio, Ramapo College; and Euler's Great Theorems, Edward Sandifer, Western Connecticut State University. Abstracts and program of the lectures can be found at http://www.profbradley.com/MAAEulerCourse2007.


Friday January 5, 2007, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
MAA Session on Euler in the Classroom


Organizers: Robert E. Bradley, Adelphi University and
Amy Shell-Gellasch, Pacific Lutheran University

This session contains talks that describe ways to incorporate the mathematics of Leonard Euler into the classroom. We are looking for papers that describe ways to use his mathematics, science, or the history of his life and times in the secondary and undergraduate mathematics curriculum. This session is sponsored by the History of Mathematics Special Interest Group of the MAA (HOMSIGMAA).


Friday January 5, 2007, 2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. and Saturday January 6, 2007, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
MAA Minicourse #13:
Teaching a course in the history of mathematics.


Organizers: Victor J. Katz, University of the District of Columbia and V. Frederick Rickey, U. S. Military Academy

Many schools are introducing courses in the history of mathematics and asking faculty who may never have taken such a course to teach them. This minicourse will assist those teaching history by introducing participants to numerous resources, discussing differing approaches and sample syllabi, providing suggestions for student projects and assessments, and giving those teaching such courses for the first time the confidence to master the subject themselves and to present the material to their students.

Friday January 5, 2007, 3:50 p.m.-5:40 p.m.
SIGMAA on the History of Mathematics Panel Discussion
The practice of math history.


Organizers: William Branson, St. Cloud State University and Amy E. Shell-Gellasch, Pacific Lutheran University

Panelists:
V. Frederick Rickey, U.S. Military Academy
Karen H. Parshall, University of Virginia
Joseph W. Dauben, Herbert H. Lehman College of CUNY

Many mathematicians are beginning to show an interest in the history of mathematics; either as a new research focus, as recreational research, or as adding context to the traditional curriculum. This session is aimed at mathematicians interested in conducting research in the history of mathematics. A panel of experienced math historians will discuss issues that concern newcomers to the field. Questions to be addressed include how to conduct research, how to follow correct historiography, how to write the history of mathematics and how to find resources. Other questions from the audience will be discussed, and mathematicians will leave the session with the basic set of tools needed to get started in math history.

Friday January 5, 2007, 3:50 p.m.-5:40 p.m.
MAA Study Abroad Tours Subcommittee Panel Discussion
Mathematics and mathematicians in emerging nations.

 

Organizers: M. Leigh Lunsford, Longwood University and Lisa Elaine Marano, West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Panelists:
Joel K. Haack, University of Northern Iowa
Aihua Li, Montclair State University
Kate McGivney, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Claudio H. Morales, University of Alabama, Huntsville
Miranda I. Teboh-Ewungkem, Lafayette College

Friday January 5, 2007, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
SIGMAA on the History of Mathematics Annual Meeting and Guest Lecture

 

Organizer: Amy E. Shell-Gellasch, Pacific Lutheran University

The guest lecturer is Robin Wilson, The Open University, speaking on Sylvester to Hardy: 50 years of mathematics at Oxford.


Saturday January 6, 2007, 8:30 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
MAA Panel Discussion
Euler's continuing influence

Organizer: Ed Sandifer, Western Connecticut State University

Panelists:
William W. Dunham, Muhlenberg College
Charles R. Hampton, College of Wooster
June E. Barrow-Green, The Open University

On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Euler's birth, this panel looks at the influence Euler's mathematical work has had on not only the course of mathematics over the years, but also his influence in areas such as science, religion, philosophy, and education. Scholars with backgrounds in Euler will give short presentations then the presenters will answer questions from the audience. This panel will complement the MAA Short Course on Euler.

 

Saturday January 6, 2007, 10:05 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
MAA Invited Address

The Bernoulli brothers in the arena of the early calculus.
Jan van Maanen, Utrecht University

 

Saturday January 6, 2007, 5:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
SIGMAA on the History of Mathematics Guest Lecture

Euler and his word problems .
Edward Sandifer, Western Connecticut State University

 

Sunday January 7, 2007, 8:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
Sunday January 7, 2007, 1:00 p.m.-5:55 p.m.
Monday January 8, 2007, 8:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
Monday January 8, 2007, 1:00 p.m.-5:55 p.m.
AMS-MAA Special Session on History of Mathematics


Organizers:
Joseph W. Dauben, Lehman College
Patti Hunter, Westmont College
Victor J. Katz, University of the District of Columbia
Karen H. Parshall, University of Virginia

 

Sunday January 7, 2007, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and Monday January 8, 2007, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
MAA Minicourse #15:
 Geometry with history for teaching teachers.

Organizers: David W. Henderson and Daina Taimina, Cornell University

This minicourse will facilitate a hands-on cooperative experience of the geometries of various surfaces (cones, cylinders, spheres, and hyperbolic planes) and studying the intrinsic geometry of these surfaces. We will also explore the interactions (both ways) between geometry and mechanical motions. We will use four historical strands to organize our reflection on the basic geometric notions of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry. These explorations enhance our understandings of Euclidean geometry and help to demonstrate a non-axiomatic, non-formal view of mathematics and mathematics learning. Appropriate for all mathematicians teaching teachers.

 

Sunday January 7, 2007, 1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m.
MAA Student Lecture

 

Mathematics: A question of history.
Della Fenster, University of Richmond

 

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