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Through March 31, 2018:  “Illuminating India: 5000 Years of Science and Innovation”, London, England

         This exhibit at the Science Museum in London presents, among other artifacts, the Bakhshali manuscript, on loan from Oxford’s Bodleian Library. This birch-bark text, unearthed in 1881 in the Pakistani village of Bakhshali and recently radiocarbon-dated to as old as the 3rd Century, contains hundreds of instances of the Sanskrit dot symbol for “zero”, the oldest known examples. The exhibit also delves into such topics as natural conservation in 16th-Century Mughal India; the great mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan of the Madras region; and the Indian Space Research Organisation’s low-cost probe to Mars. The show is part of the British Council’s UK/India Year of Culture, commemorating 70 years of Independence. Tickets are free and can be booked in advance online.

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

         The "largest mathematics conference in the world" will include, among others, the following presentations and sessions relevant to the history of mathematics and its use in teaching:

  • AMS Special Sessions on History of Mathematics, I, II, III, and IV, organized by Sloan Despeaux (Western Carolina Univ.), Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College), Clemency Montelle (Univ. of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand), Daniel Otero (Xavier Univ.), and Adrian Rice (Randolph-Macon College)
  • AMS Contributed Paper Session on History of Math
  • MAA General Contributed Paper Session on History or Philosophy of Mathematics
  • MAA Minicourse: Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Source Projects
  • AMS Retiring Presidential Address, Robert L. Bryant (Duke Univ.), “The Concept of Holonomy: Its History and Recent Developments”
  • HOM SIGMAA Guest Lecture, Joseph W. Dauben (City Univ. of New York), “The History of Chinese Mathematics: 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the IHNS (CAS), Beijing”
  • HOM SIGMAA Reception and Business Meeting.

        There are also individual talks related to mathematics history and its uses in teaching in these sessions: MAA Contributed Session on Discrete Mathematics in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Ideas and Innovations in Teaching; MAA Contributed Session on Innovative and Effective Ways to Teach Linear Algebra; MAA Contributed Session on Innovative Teaching Practices in Number Theory; MAA Contributed Session on Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning; MAA Session on Technology and Applications for Teaching Mathematics and Statistics, I;  AMS Special Session on Open and Accessible Problems for Undergraduate Research, I; and MAA Session on Humanistic Mathematics, I and II.

January 18, 2018:  The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova, PA

         To be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room 300 of the Saint Augustine Center, Villanova Univ. Following conversation and a light supper (donation: $10.00), beginning at approx. 6:30 or 6:45 V. Frederick Rickey (West Point Military Academy) will speak on “Professor Bolesław Sobociński and Logic at Notre Dame”. Bolesław Sobociński (1906–1980) received his Ph.D. in 1938 under the direction of Jan Łukasiewicz (1878–1960) and then served as assistant to Stanisław Leśniewski (1886–1939). This close contact with the two founders of the Warsaw School of Logic determined the course of his research. He played an important role in the Polish underground during WW II, escaped to Brussels where he worked for several years and then emigrated to the US. After a few years in St. Paul, MN, he joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame. He founded the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic and edited it for 19 years. Dr. Rickey will discuss his interesting life and make some remarks about his contributions to logic.

February 7, 2018:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Garden City, NY

          Scheduled at Adelphi University. Lawrence A. D’Antonio (Ramapo College) speaks on "Newton’s Headache: How High the Moon?". Newton remarked to Halley that lunar theory gave him a headache. In particular the calculation of the motion of the lunar apse frustrated Newton. The lunar apse, an endpoint of the major axis of the ellipse defining the lunar orbit, rotates approximately 3 degrees per month, but Newton’s calculations showed only half of this amount, leading him to say that the problem was "too complicated and cluttered with approximations." This talk examines the work of Newton on the problem and the later solutions of Clairaut, Euler, and d’Alembert.

February 7, 2018:  IREM Seminar, Paris, France

         Liliane Alfonsi (Université Paris Sud) leads this seminar on “The Diffusion of 18th-Century Mathematics in Instructional Manuals: From ‘Why?’ to ‘How?’”. Scheduled at 2:00 pm in Room 201 (Darboux Amphitheatre), Institut Henri Poincaré, Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. Part of the series of Seminars on the Epistemology and History of Mathematical Ideas, organized by Michel Serfati of the Institute for Research on the Teaching of Mathematics (IREM) at the Université de Paris Diderot.

February 9-10, 2018:   Florida-MAA and FTYCMA Joint Meeting, Davie, FL

          The annual joint meeting of the Florida Section of the Mathematical Assn. of America and the Florida Two-Year College Mathematical Assn. (FTYCMA), scheduled this year at Florida Atlantic Univ.-Davie Campus, includes a talk by C. Altay Özgener (State College of Florida and Pres. of Florida Two-Year College Math. Assn.), “A Historical Account of the Pair Correlation for the Zeros of the Riemann Zeta Function”, considering the contributions of Hilbert and Pólya, H. L. Montgomery, and Freeman Dyson.

February 15, 2018:  The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova, PA

         To be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room 300 of the Saint Augustine Center, Villanova Univ. Following conversation and a light supper (donation: $10.00), beginning at approx. 6:30 or 6:45 Roman Sznajder (Bowie State Univ., Maryland) will speak “On Known and Less-known Relations of Leonhard Euler with Poland”. Euler’s contacts with French, German, Russian, and Swiss scientists have been widely known, while relations with Poland, then one of the largest European countries, are still in oblivion. This lecture will focus on research contacts of Leonhard Euler with Polish scientists of his era, mainly with those from the city of Gdańsk (then Danzig). Euler was the most prolific mathematician of all times, the most outstanding mathematician of the 18th century, and one of the best ever; the complete edition of his manuscripts is still in process. Findings presented at this talk are either unknown or little-known to a general mathematical audience.

February 17, 2018:  BSHM Research in Progress Meeting, Oxford, England

          Presenters at this annual full-day meeting of the British Society for History of Mathematics (BSHM), to be held in Shulman Auditorium, Queen's College, Univ. of Oxford, will be research students in the history of mathematics and keynote speaker Catherine Goldstein (Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive gauche).

February 24, 2018:  MAA Golden Section Spring Meeting, Hayward, CA

          The annual Spring meeting of the Golden Section of the Mathematical Assn. of America, scheduled this year at California State Univ., East Bay, includes a talk by Susan Jane Colley (Oberlin College and Editor, American Mathematical Monthly), “Counting Curves: Tales from the Enumerative Crypt”. This talk takes up Steiner’s problem (1848) of determining how many conics are simultaneously tangent to five others. It will review some of the history surrounding the problem and some of the ingredients needed to solve it, then speed ahead to modern times and briefly sketch Colley’s joint work with Gary Kennedy (Ohio State Univ.) and Lars Ernström (Ericsson Research) that uses mathematical techniques inspired by ideas in string theory to address some analogous questions about “higher-order” contact of plane curves.

February 24, 2018:  “Spinning, Stalling and Falling Apart: Flight and World War I”, Belfast, Northern Ireland

         To be held at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in The Old Museum, Belfast, this lecture is organized by The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) in conjunction with the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society and the Northern Ireland Science Festival. The birth of fixed-wing, powered flight in the first decade of the 20th Century brought with it the potential of significant, unintended fatalities on the aircraft’s return to Earth. Tony Royle, historian of mathematics and former airline captain, presents stories from the eventful lives of some of the men and women involved: the nature of the contemporary mathematical and engineering debates surrounding flight, and the practical steps taken in Britain to create safer aircraft prior to, and during, WW1. Admission is free of charge, but requires a reservation; use the weblink above.

February 24, 2018:  Public Talk on Euler's Equation, London, England

          This public lecture, “Euler's Equation: 'The Most Beautiful Theorem in Mathematics’”, is presented at 6-7 p.m. in Barnard’s Inn Hall, London, by Robin Wilson (Emeritus Professor of Geometry, Gresham College). Euler’s pioneering equation links the five most important constants in the subject: 1, 0, π, e, and i. Central to both mathematics and physics, it has also featured in a criminal court case, on a postage stamp, and appeared twice in “The Simpsons”. So what is this equation – and why is it pioneering? No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

March 3-4, 2018:  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. 19, 2018. Registration deadline: Feb. 26, 2018.

March 3-4, 2018: ARITHMOS Reading Group Meeting #57, Danbury, CT

          Readings in the History of Mathematics from Original Sources (ARITHMOS) will meet at Western Connecticut State Univ. to continue reading Newton's The Method of Fluxions and Infinite Series in the 1736 English translation by John Colson. ARITHMOS meets three or more times per year; for more information, contact Chuck Rocca.

March 7, 2018:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Garden City, NY

          Scheduled at Adelphi University. Maritza Branker (Niagara Univ.) speaks on "Complex Numbers through the Eyes of Cauchy and Hamilton". Mathematicians were extraordinarily resistant to the idea of complex numbers. This talk focuses on two of the compelling proponents, William Rowan Hamilton and Augustin-Louis Cauchy, contrasting their presentation and use of complex numbers.

March 7, 2018:  IREM Seminar, Paris, France

         Michel Serfati (IREM) leads this seminar on “Leibniz and the Harmony of the Harmonic Triangle”. Scheduled at 2:00 pm in Room 201 (Darboux Amphitheatre), Institut Henri Poincaré, Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. Part of the series of Seminars on the Epistemology and History of Mathematical Ideas, organized by Michel Serfati of the Institute for Research on the Teaching of Mathematics (IREM) at the Université de Paris Diderot.

March 21-22, 2018:  Conference— The History of Computing Beyond the Computer, Oxford, England

         This meeting is organized at the Oxford Mathematics Institute with support from The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM). Its focus is on the people and the science underpinning modern programming, from Charles Babbage’s hardware design language to the systematic exclusion of women. Register using the weblink above. The event is held to coincide with:

March 24, 2018:  Deadline for 2018 HOM SIGMAA Student Essay Contest

          Entries to the 15th annual MAA History of Mathematics Special Interest Group Student Writing Contest are due to HOM SIGMAA Prize Coordinator Dorothee Blum by March 24, 2018. For more information, contact Dorothee Blum.

March 30 – April 1, 2018:  13th Maghrebian Symposium on the History of Arabic Mathematics (COMHISMA13), Tunis area, Tunisia

         This meeting aims to increase interest in the history of Arabic 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 any of the languages Arabic, French, and English. For more information, contact Mahdi Abdeljaouad.

April 3-6, 2018:  Ninth Quadrennial British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME9), Coventry, England

          The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) normally sponsors sessions on the history of mathematics at this quadrennial conference, being held this year at the University of Warwick.

April 4, 2018:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Garden City, NY

          Scheduled at Adelphi University. Topic to be announced; check the website.

April 6-7, 2018:  Missouri-MAA Spring Meeting, Springfield, MO

          The annual Spring meeting of the Missouri Section of the Mathematical Assn. of America, scheduled this year at Drury Univ., includes a plenary address by James Sellers (Pennsylvania State Univ.), “Revisiting What Euler and the Bernoullis Knew About Convergent Infinite Series”.

April 13-15, 2018:  Midwest Junto for the History of Science, Minneapolis, MN

           The 61st annual meeting of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science is scheduled at the Univ. of Minnesota (Twin Cities Campus). Paper proposal deadline: Feb. 1, 2018.

April 21, 2018:  Annual Meeting of the Oughtred Society, Las Vegas, NV

          The Oughtred Society is dedicated to the preservation and history of slide rules and other calculating instruments. This year’s meeting is scheduled at the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. It features displays of slide rule collections, an auction, buying, selling and swapping, two live presentations, and the opportunity to meet and talk with fellow slide rule enthusiasts, many of whom are experts in their areas of interest.

April 21-22, 2018:  AMS Spring 2018 Eastern Sectional Meeting, Boston, MA

          The annual Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), scheduled at Northeastern Univ., includes a Special Session on Relations Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics, organized by Amy Ackerberg-Hastings (independent researcher) and David L. Roberts (Prince George's Community College).

April 25-28, 2018:  NCTM Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

          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. Scheduled at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

May 2, 2018:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Garden City, NY

          Scheduled at Adelphi University. Colin McKinney (Wabash College) speaks on a topic to be announced; check the website.

May 19, 2018:  History of Cryptography and Codes, London, England

          Organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), this conference at Birkbeck College, Univ. of London, is supported by the Dept. of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics at Birkbeck.

May 23-26, 2018:   Conference on History of Mathematics and Teaching of Mathematics, Miskolc, Hungary

         Hosted by the Univ. of Miskolc, whose campus lies next to Miskolc-Tapolca (a spa famous for its thermal cave-bath), this conference aims to present aspects of the history of mathematics— including its impact on the teaching of mathematics— to provide a forum to meet one another, and to give an opportunity for young researchers to present their findings in the history of mathematics. Educators, students, graduate students, and other researchers are invited to take part in the meeting. Each participant will be given the possibility of presenting his/her contribution as a short (15-20 minutes) talk or a poster. Refereed papers will be published in the conference volume. The deadline for submission of abstracts of proposed papers is March 15, 2018.

June 4-6, 2018:  CSHPM Annual Meeting, Montréal, Québec, Canada

          The annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) will be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal in conjunction with the Canadian Philosophical Association. The Kenneth O. May lecture will be given by Emily Grosholz (Pennsylvania State Univ.). The special session topic will be "History of Philosophy of Mathematics". Titles and abstracts for talks are due by Feb. 1, 2018.

June 11-14, 2018:  Nexus 2018, Pisa, Italy 

          The 13th international, interdisciplinary, biennial Nexus Conference on the Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics is hosted by the Dept. of Energy, Systems, Territory and Construction Engineering (DESTeC) at the Univ. of Pisa and by Kim Williams Books. Nexus 2018 is certain to have sessions that incorporate the history of the relation between architecture and mathematics. Submissions of presentation proposals are accepted from Sep. 1 to Oct. 30, 2017.

June 11-14, 2018:  British Mathematical Colloquium, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

          The Colloquium this year, hosted by the Univ. of St Andrews, includes a History of Mathematics Workshop running in the afternoons of June 11-13.

June 23, 2018:  Mathematics and Patronage, Oxford, England

         This all-day meeting, organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), is scheduled at Rewley House in Oxford. The meeting examines the influence of patronage on the production of mathematics from the 17th to 20th centuries. It considers the role and motivation of the patron (individual or institutional), the benefit for the recipient and for the benefactor, and the overall effect on the development of mathematics and its relations to bordering disciplines. It is also concerned with the extent to which patronage broadened accessibility to mathematical knowledge, and its effect on the mathematical community at large.

July 8-13, 2018:  Quadrennial International Conference on Ethnomathematics, Medellín, Colombia

         The sixth quadrennial International Conference on Ethnomathematics (ICEM-6) will be held at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín.

July 20-24, 2018: 8th European Summer University on History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education, Oslo, Norway

          Sponsored by the International Study Group on Relations between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM), this collection of intensive courses is scheduled at Oslo & Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

July 25-29, 2018:  Bridges Conference, Stockholm, Sweden

         Scheduled this year at the The National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, Bridges: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture is the world’s largest interdisciplinary conference on mathematics and art. This annual conference is certain to have sessions that incorporate the history of the relation between the arts and mathematics. The submission deadline is February 1, 2018 for regular papers, and March 1, 2018 for short or workshop papers.

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

August 1-9, 2018:  28th Quadrennial International Congress of Mathematicians, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

          Held every four years and sponsored by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the latest International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is scheduled at the Riocentro convention center in the heart of Barra da Tijuca, a business and leisure district in Rio. The meeting will include these math-history related sessions:

  • three Invited Section Lectures on the History of Mathematics, presented by David E. Rowe (Johannes Gutenberg Univ.), Jan von Plato (Univ. of Helsinki), and Tatiana Roque (Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
  • a Discussion Panel on “The Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences from a Historial Perspective”, moderated by Caroline Series (Emeritus, Univ. of Warwick)
  • an Invited Panel discussion on “Math Museums: A Worldwide Explosion”, moderated by Cindy Lawrence (cofounder, Museum of Mathematics, New York).

An additional highlight of the Congress is the awarding of the Fields Medal and other prizes.

September 14-17, 2018:  International Conference of the European Society for History of Science, London, England

         The eighth biennial International Conference of the European Society for History of Science (ESHS) is scheduled this year at several London venues and is organized by the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), with the active collaboration of the Dept. of Science and Technology Studies at University College London and the Science Museum. The conference theme is ‘Unity and Disunity’.

October 11-14, 2018:   Society for History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

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

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



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

February 6–10, 2019:  Eleventh Biennial ERME Congress, Utrecht, the Netherlands

         CERME-11, the Eleventh Biennial Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (ERME), is hosted this year by the Freudenthal Group, in collaboration with the Freudenthal Institute, of Utrecht University. It will be preceded by a YERME day for young researchers. The CERME meetings often include a Thematic Working Group on History in Mathematics Education.

May 5-9, 2019:  Quadrennial Inter-American Conference on Mathematics Education, Medellín, Colombia

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



January 15-18, 2020:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Denver, CO

July 12-19, 2020:  International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-14), Shanghai, China

          The International Study Group for History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) will likely hold its 10th quadrennial meeting as a Satellite Conference of ICME-14. The HPM program will include plenary lectures, panels, discussion groups, workshops, sessions for research reports, a poster session, and exhibitions of books and other didactical material.



January 6-9, 2021:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC


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