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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 “The Four Curves of Alexis Clairaut”. In 1726, at the age of 12, Alexis Clairaut presented four families of curves to the Paris Academy of Sciences. The work was later published in the Miscellanea Berolinensia in 1734. The first family of curves is similar to those generated by Descartes’ mesolabe compass in La Géométrie. This talk will take up aspects of Clairaut’s mathematical education and how they influenced his work, as well as delve into some of the details of his construction of each of the four families of curves, his classification of algebraic curves in terms of degree and genus, and the applications of his curves to the ancient problem of finding means proportional.

May 16, 2018:  IREM Seminar, Paris, France

          Jean-Yves Beziau (Fed. Univ. of Rio de Janeiro and ENS, Paris) leads this seminar, “The Principle of Contradiction: Is it Deducible from the Fundamental Law of Thought XX=X?”, focusing on Proposition IV in Chapter 3 of Boole’s Laws of Thought. 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.

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 6, 2018:  IREM Seminar, Paris, France

          Michel Serfati and Françoise Varouchas (both IREM) lead this seminar, “Descartes and Pappus’s Problem: From Nascent Symbolism to the Invention of Analytic Geometry”. 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.

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 Strand and 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

          MathFest 2018, the annual Summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, is scheduled at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

          A Themed Contributed Paper Session (TCPS #19), “Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics with Primary Historical Sources”, has been organized by Dominic Klyve (Central Washington Univ.), Maria Zack (Point Loma Nazarene Univ.), and Jeff Suzuki (Brooklyn College). This session seeks to bring together developers of materials for teaching with primary sources, instructors with classroom experience in using primary sources in their own teaching, and researchers studying the effects of teaching mathematics using primary sources on both students and instructors. To submit an abstract (deadline April 30), go to the MAA website, click on “Submit an Abstract” at the top of the page (this will require an MAA login), scroll to Themed Contributed Paper Session and click the link “Submit a TCPS Abstract”. Follow the instructions there and be sure to click the radio button for the session "Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics with Primary Historical Sources".

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 Historical 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 13-15, 2018:  Workshop on Teaching Mathematics from Primary Historical Sources, Denver, CO

           This workshop on teaching with original sources is scheduled at the Univ. of Colorado Denver and is organized by the TRIUMPHS team (TRansforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources). This NSF-funded team of mathematicians is designing classroom modules called Primary Source Projects (PSPs) that can be used to teach topics across the standard undergraduate mathematics curriculum through the reading and study of primary historical sources (in English translation). The purpose of this workshop is to bring PSP authors and potential classroom site testers together to learn more about this work. Individuals interested in learning to use PSPs or in testing a TRIUMPHS PSP, now or in the future, are encouraged to attend; travel, lodging, and some meals will be provided for participants. Applications submitted by June 8, 2018 will be given priority. The workshop application form is available via the TRIUMPHS website (see link above). The full application procedure and expectations for site testers are outlined here. A list of PSPs that TRIUMPHS expects to have ready for classroom testing by Fall 2018 can be found here. For full descriptions of these and all PSPs to be developed by TRIUMPHS, visit here.


September 11, 2018:  LMS–IMA Joint Meeting: Noether Celebration, London, England

         The speakers will be Katherine Brading (Duke University), Elizabeth Manseld (University of Kent), Cheryl Praeger (University of Western Australia), Norbert Schappacher (I.R.M.A./U.F.R. de mathématique et d’informatique), and Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze (University of Agder). The meeting is free to attend. Please register for your place online. The meeting, to be held at De Morgan House, includes lunch and will be followed by a reception. After the reception, the LMS and IMA will host a Joint Society Dinner at a nearby venue. The cost to attend the dinner, including drinks, is £30.00 per person. If you would like to attend the dinner, please email Elizabeth Fisher (

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

November 28-30, 2018:  29th Annual Novembertagung on the History of Mathematics, Seville, Spain

           This annual international conference is aimed at doctoral and postdoctoral students in the history of mathematics and related fields. It provides an opportunity for them to present and discuss their research in an informal and safe environment, share experiences and advice, and establish new contacts. This year’s conference, hosted by the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Seville (IMUS), has the theme, “History of Mathematical Concepts and Conceptual History of Mathematics”. Invited speakers include Karine Chemla (National Center for Scientific Research, Paris) and José Ferreirós (Univ. of Seville). Abstracts of proposed contributions must be submitted before May 15, 2018.



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

February 6–10, 2019:  Eleventh 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 include:

  • a plenary address on the relation between history and pedagogy in mathematics education, delivered by Kathleen Clark (Florida State Univ.)
  • a Thematic Working Group (TWG 12) on History in Mathematics Education, led by Renaud Chorlay (Univ. Paris Diderot). The deadline for “early bird” paper submission, Jul. 15, 2018, affords the opportunity for early feedback and support, but the final submission deadline is Sep. 15, 2018.

May 5-9, 2019:  Fifteenth quadrennial Inter-American Conference on Mathematics Education (CIAEM-15), 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


Please send Calendar items to Randy Schwartz.