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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.
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 16, 2015: MAA Distinguished Lecture Series: "Where Sufficient Reason Isn't Enough", Washington, DC
Pre-registration required. Judith V. Grabiner (Pitzer College) presents this lecture at the MAA Carriage House. Euclid's Elements is a model of reasoning not only in mathematics but in philosophy, theology, and politics— but it rested on assumptions, one of which didn't seem self-evident. People kept trying to prove that assumption, and the ways they tried tell us a lot about the relationship between mathematics and society. The new non-Euclidean geometries of the 19th century challenged the authority of mathematics, undermined received ideas in philosophy and culture, and had a hand in the birth of modernism. Changes came not only from people like Gauss, Lobachevsky, Helmholtz, and Einstein, but also artists and philosophers. Looking at all of this will illustrate both how culture helps shape mathematics and how mathematics has shaped the modern world.
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
Special Session on The Contributions of Women to Mathematics: 100 Years and Counting.
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
An invited lecture on history of mathematics by Niccolò Guicciardini (Univ. of Bergamo, Italy) 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) and focuses on algebra, analysis, and combinatorics.
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 24, 2015: History of Mathematics Conference Honoring Professor Judith Grabiner, Claremont, California
Pitzer College hosts this 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 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 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 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, Washington
The "largest mathematics conference in the world" will include the following presentations and sessions on the history of mathematics and its use in teaching:
- 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)
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.
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) will be held Mon.-Fri., July 18-22, 2014, at the Institut de Recherche sur l'Enseignement des Mathematiques (IREM), Universite Montpellier 2, France. Watch for 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 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 Dvlpt. 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, 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.
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