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February 7 - May 10, 2015:  "Man Ray – Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare," Washington, DC

          The world-renowned Phillips Collection hosts this special exhibit, which includes mathematical models from the Institute Henri Poincaré in Paris, alongside photographs of these models by Man Ray from the 1930s and his paintings inspired by the models in the 1940s.

April 1, 2015:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Adelphi Univ., Garden City, New York

           Lecture by Maria Zack (Point Loma Nazarene Univ.), “What can the Lisbon Earthquake Tell Us about the Connections between Mathematics, Urban Planning and Engineering in Eighteenth Century Portugal?”

April 10-11, 2015:  MAA Allegheny Mountain Section Spring Meeting, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA

          Includes Invited Speaker Barbara Faires (Westminster College and MAA), whose talk “The First 100 Years” will use the American Mathematical Monthly as a lens for highlighting the life of the MAA over its first century (1915-2015).

April 10-11, 2015:  MAA Michigan Section Spring Meeting, Hope College, Holland, MI

          Includes a plenary talk by Benjamin Collins (Univ. of Wisconsin – Platteville), “Basel and Beyond: An Incomplete History of a Famous Sum,” in which he will discuss Leonhard Euler’s first proof of the solution to the famous Basel Problem, as well as a few more recent proofs of it.

April 11, 2015:  MAA New Jersey Section Spring Meeting, Monmouth Univ., West Long Branch, NJ

          Includes Invited Speaker David Richeson (Dickinson College), whose talk “The Four Problems of Antiquity” will discuss the history of four of the most famous problems in mathematics (squaring the circle, trisecting the angle, doubling the cube, and constructing regular n-gons); and a Lunch Discussion Table on “Teaching a History of Mathematics Course,” led by Susan Marshall (Monmouth Univ.).

April 15-18, 2015:  NCTM Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts

           At the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. 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.

April 15 - June 17, 2015: "A History of Mathematics from Euclid to Weiss," Univ. of Reading, England

          This course, covering some of the key developments, moments, and personalities in the creation of mathematics over the last 2,000 years, meets on ten consecutive Wednesday evenings 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the London Road Campus of the Univ. of Reading. It is taught by Dr. Vasos Pavlika of the Univ. of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Organized by the Univ. of Oxford Dept. of Continuing Education.

April 16, 2015:  The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM)

         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 Marianna Bonanome (Borough of Manhattan Community College) and Margaret H. Dean (New York College of Technology, CUNY) will present a talk, “A History of Combinatorial Group Theory”. Modern group theory can be said to have been born at the beginning of the 20th Century, but World War I caused a hiatus in the study of group theory. In 1932, Wilhelm Magnus solved the word problem for one-relator groups, and combinatorial group theory blossomed from the 1930s through the '60s, laying the foundation for today’s research in the areas of geometric and probabilistic group theory, as well as public key cryptography and group theory. The speakers will address some of the personalities involved and the advances they made in group theory during the 20th Century.

April 17-18, 2015:  MAA Rocky Mountain Section Spring Meeting, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

          Includes Featured Speaker William Dunham (Muhlenberg College), whose talk “Two (More) Morsels from Euler” will examine a pair of lesser-known results where Leonhard Euler’s genius was on full display, one from number theory, the other from analysis.

April 17-18, 2015:  MAA Seaway Section Spring Meeting, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

          This conference is scheduled to include a session on histories of local mathematics departments, co-organized by Toke Knudsen and Gary Towsley. The session is intended to be broad and to showcase what work people have done or are doing to document the history of a mathematics department. The aim is to inspire endeavors to preserve departmental history.

April 18, 2015:  First National Math Festival, Washington, DC

          Organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, the country’s first national festival dedicated to discovering the delight and power of mathematics is a free and public celebration featuring dozens of activities for every age. The presentations, held at Smithsonian museums and other spots around the National Mall, range from hands-on magic and Houdini-like getaways to lectures with some of the most influential mathematicians of our time. Sessions involving historical or ethnomathematics include:

  • “Archimedes: Mathematical Superhero of the Ancient World”, presenter Matthew Kahle (Ohio State Univ.)

  • “Design a Kolam”, presenter Shanthi Chandrasekar (artist and teacher)

  • “Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art”, presenter Carol Bier (Visiting Scholar, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union)

  • “Maya Math Activity”, presenter Vilma Ortiz-Sanchez (National Museum of the American Indian).

April 18-19, 2015:  MAA Southwestern Section Spring Meeting, held jointly with the New Mexico Mathematical Association for Two-Year Colleges (NMMATYC), El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX

          This year’s theme is “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants-- Celebrating Mathematics’ Past, Present, and Future,” marking MAA’s 100th anniversary and AMATYC’s 40th anniversary. Entertainment for the Saturday Luncheon is a performance of “Count Her In!”, a play about the history of women in mathematics, presented by students from the Transmountain Early College High School in El Paso, TX.

May 3-7, 2015:  Inter-American Conference on Mathematics Education, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico

          Topic #17 (of 22) for the 14th IACME (CIAEM) will be History and Epistemology of Mathematics and Mathematics Education. Conference languages will be Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

May 6, 2015:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Adelphi Univ., Garden City, New York

           Lecture by Rob Bradley of Adelphi University on "L'Hôpital's Synthesis of Calculus and Geometry."

May 9, 2015:  Augustus de Morgan Meeting, London, England

          A celebration of the life and work of Augustus de Morgan (1806-1871), first President of the London Mathematical Society (LMS). Jointly organized by LMS and the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), this meeting will mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the LMS.

May 15, 2015: Third Biennial Irish History of Mathematics Conference (IHOM3), Belfast, Ireland

          This gathering, to take place at Ulster University, is organized by Ciarán Mac an Bhaird (Maynooth Univ.) and Mark McCartney (Ulster Univ.). Requests to register for the event (due by May 8), and abstracts for potential talks of 30 minutes in length (due by Apr. 13), should be sent to Mark McCartney.

May 23, 2015:  Symmetry and Groups, Birkbeck College, Univ. of London, England

          This conference is to look at the history of symmetry and its study through group theory. Organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), and supported by the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics at Birkbeck. Speakers include Siobhan Roberts, Peter Neumann, Norman Biggs, Rob Curtis, and Sarah Hart.

June 10-13, 2015:  Joint International Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), European Mathematical Society (EMS), and Sociedade Portuguesa de Matemática (SPM), Univ. of Porto, Porto, Portugal

          The meeting will include a special session on History and Philosophy of Mathematics.

June 20, 2015:  The Big Picture: A Celebration of 100 Years of General Relativity, Oxford, England

          This conference at Rewley House is to look at the history of the mathematics of space, from Newton until the present. Speakers include Jocelyn Bell Burnell (keynote), Rob Iliffe, Michael Hoskin, Jeremy Gray, Bob Lambourne, and Malcolm McCallum.

July 3-5, 2015:  "Leibniz-Scientist, Leibniz-Philosopher," Univ. of Wales, Trinity St. David, Lampeter, Wales

          This conference aims to celebrate the work of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) in four broad areas: Metaphysics and epistemology, Mathematics and dynamics, Life sciences and earth sciences, and Ethics and theology.

August 5–8, 2015:  MAA MathFest, Washington, D.C.

          MAA Centennial Celebration! To help the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) celebrate its 100th birthday, a joint meeting is organized by the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM), the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), the History of Mathematics Special Interest Group of the MAA (HOM SIGMAA), and the Philosophy of Mathematics Special Interest Group of the MAA (POM SIGMAA). Keynote speakers for the gathering are:

  • Kenneth May Lecture: Karen Parshall (Univ. of Virginia), "'We Are Evidently on the Verge of Important Steps Forward': The American Mathematical Community, 1915-1950"

  • POM SIGMAA Lecture in Philosophy: John Burgess (Princeton Univ.).

   As well as general paper sessions on the history or philosophy of mathematics, the meeting will also feature a number of focused sessions:

  • Special Session on Mathematical Communities

  • Special Session on the Philosophy of Mathematics

  • Special Session in Memory of Jackie Stedall

  • Special Session in Honor of Karen Parshall.

Prospective presenters should submit abstracts (250 words or less) by February 15, 2015 to Prof. Maria Zack (Point Loma Nazarene Univ.), who will circulate them to the relevant members of the organizing committee. Once the abstracts are accepted by the committee, instructions will be given for how to submit the abstract to the Mathematical Association of America.

   During MathFest week, the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in Washington is hosting events in honor of the MAA centennial:

  • On Aug. 4, a rare book exhibit (NMAH Dibner Library) as well as a set of short presentations on “Mathematical Objects at the Smithsonian” (NMAH West Wing Conference Center, First Floor). Space for both is very limited; you must RSVP to Amy Shell-Gellasch.

  • On Aug. 5-7, a rare book exhibit (NMAH Dibner Library) as well as “Engaging Minds: American Mathematics a Century Ago” (NMAH Education Conference Center), a small exhibit of artifacts related to the early days of the MAA and its founding members. Space for both is very limited; for the book exhibit, you must call the Dibner Library in advance at 202-633-3872; for the artifact exhibit, you must send an e-mail message to Peggy Kidwell, Curator of Mathematics.

September 18-20, 2015:  LMS-EMS Mathematical Weekend, Birmingham, UK

          A plenary lecture organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) is planned as part of this international conference at Birmingham University, which celebrates the 150th year of the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the 25th year of the European Mathematical Society (EMS).

September 23-26, 2015:  Fourth International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education (ICHME 4), Univ. of Turin, Turin, Italy

          Fourth in a series of research conferences on the history of mathematics education, whose themes have included geometry teaching, algebra teaching, teaching of calculus, interdisciplinarity and contexts, the modern mathematics movements, curricula history, development of mathematics education in specific countries, practices of teaching, mathematics textbooks, teacher education, and transmission and reception of ideas. Prospective presenters should submit abstracts (about one page with essential bibliography) via the conference website by March 15, 2015.

September 25-27, 2015:  International Meeting of the Oughtred Society, Burlingame, CA

          The Oughtred Society is dedicated to the preservation and history of slide rules and other calculating instruments. This year’s meeting is scheduled for the Hyatt Regency SFO in Burlingame, CA. The theme is, “From Logarithms to Algorithms: Bridging 400 Years of Scientific and Computing Evolution,” reflecting both the recent celebration of the Quadricentenary of Napier’s work on logarithms as well as highlighting the importance of the Silicon Valley to computing and to the rapid advances in technology during our lifetimes. For more information or to inquire about submitting a paper (deadline June 1, 2015 for inclusion in the published proceedings), contact Proceedings Chairperson Bob De Cesaris.

October 7-11, 2015:  Society for History of Technology Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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 29, 2015:  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.

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 19-22, 2015:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California

November 19-22, 2015:  AMATYC Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana

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. Confirmed speakers include Lovelace biographer Betty Toole, computer historian Doron Swade, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, and graphic novelist Sydney Padua. 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

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.

Week of July 18, 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) will most likely be held the week of July 18, 2014, at the Institut de Recherche sur l'Enseignement des Mathematiques (IREM), Universite Montpellier 2, France. Watch for exact dates and details of HPM 2016 in the HPM Newsletter, also available at the WordPress website.

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

          The 13th quadrennial International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-13) will be held July 24-31 at the University of Hamburg, Germany. This conference always includes sessions on using the history of mathematics in teaching mathematics.

          The meeting will include:

  • a study group on The Role of History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education
  • a study group on The History of the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
  • an invited address by Michael N. Fried (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), "History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education: Can We Restore Mathematics as a Liberal Art?"
  • a thematic afternoon on the legacy of Felix Klein.

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

November 3-6, 2016:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

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



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

July 26-29, 2017:  MAA MathFest, Chicago, Illinois

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, California



January 10-13, 2018:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, California

August 1-4, 2018:  MAA MathFest, Denver, Colorado

November 1-4, 2018:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington

November 15-18, 2018:  AMATYC Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida



January 16-19, 2019:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, Maryland

July 31 - August 3, 2019:  MAA MathFest, Cincinnati, Ohio



January 6-9, 2021:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, D.C.


Please send Calendar items to Randy Schwartz.