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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.

March 7-8, 2015:  American Mathematical Society Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting, Washington, DC

          This conference, to be held at Georgetown University, is scheduled to include a Special Session on History and Philosophy of Mathematics, co-organized by V. Frederick Rickey (West Point Military Academy) and James J. Tattersall (Providence College).

March 13-14, 2015:  Columbia History of Science Group Annual Meeting, San Juan Islands, Washington

          The Columbia History of Science Group will meet in its usual rugged but scenic location. Paper proposal deadline: Jan. 15, 2015. Registration deadline: Feb. 15, 2015.

March 13-15, 2015:  HPM Americas Section Spring Meeting, Washington, DC

          The History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) Americas Section will hold its Spring Meeting at American University in Washington, DC, Friday - Sunday, March 13-15, 2015. Submit abstracts by February 21, 2015, to David Roberts or via the HPM Americas website. In addition:

  • American University has an extensive collection of old and rare mathematics texts, which we will visit on Friday afternoon.
  • On Saturday afternoon we will tour the special exhibit, “Man Ray – Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare," which is ongoing at the Phillips Collection in Washington (see entry for Feb. 7 - May 10, above).

March 14, 2015:  MAA Eastern Penn. and Delaware (EPaDel) Section Spring Meeting, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

          Includes Invited Speaker Ezra (Bud) Brown (Virginia Tech Univ.), whose talk “The Many Names of (7,3,1)” will examine the (7,3,1) design, a single object that connects block designs in combinatorics, finite projective planes in geometry, round-robin tournaments and map colorings in graph theory, (0,1)-matrices in linear algebra, difference sets in number theory, error-correcting codes on the Internet, and the torus at the doughnut shop. Along the way, the audience will learn how Leonhard Euler was once spectacularly wrong, how P. J. Heawood was almost completely right, and what happened when Richard Hamming got mad at a computer.

March 17, 2015:  Gresham College Lecture, London, England

          Gresham College Professor of Geometry Raymond Flood presents "Cantor's Infinities" (part of the series “Great Mathematicians, Great Mathematics”) at 1 p.m. in the Museum of London, Room EC2. Arrive early to get a seat!

March 19, 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 Robert Naugle (Shepherd Univ. and Hagerstown Community College) will speak on "Archimedes, Codex C, The Method of Mechanical Theorems: Controversy."

March 27-28, 2015:  MAA Illinois Section Spring Meeting, Northern Illinois Univ., Dekalb, IL

          Includes a Plenary Address by T. Christine Stevens (American Mathematical Society), “Singing Along with Math,” about the New York Metropolitan Opera singer Jerome Hines (1921-2003), a math major who retained a lifelong interest in mathematics. She will discuss Hines’s mathematical background; why he kept working on mathematics even after he became a successful opera singer; and the first of his published papers from the 1950s, which described a new method for finding the roots of an equation.

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)

          Details to be announced.

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 Alan Gluchoff (Villanova Univ.).

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 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.

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.

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

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



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.