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July 7, 2018: ARITHMOS Reading Group Meeting #58, Danbury, CT

          Readings in the History of Mathematics from Original Sources (ARITHMOS) will meet in Warner Hall, Room 315, at Western Connecticut State Univ. to read Galois's Memoir on the Solvability of Equations by Radicals in its entirety. ARITHMOS meets three or more times per year; for more information, contact Chuck Rocca.

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 8, 2018:  Thomas Harriot Seminar, London, England

         Scheduled this year at Birkbeck, Univ. of London, this annual seminar celebrates the life and times of the mathematician Thomas Harriot (1560-1621).

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

         This meeting, marking the centennial of Emmy Noether's paper on Conservation Laws, is to be held at De Morgan House and is organized jointly by the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Scheduled speakers are Katherine Brading (Duke Univ.), Elizabeth Mansfield (Univ. of Kent), Cheryl Praeger (Univ. of Western Australia), Norbert Schappacher (I.R.M.A./U.F.R. de mathématique et d’informatique), and Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze (Univ. of Agder). The meeting is free to attend, but please register for your place online. The meeting 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; if you would like to attend the dinner (£30.00), please email Elizabeth Fisher.

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 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’.

September 20, 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 Chris Rorres (Prof. Emeritus, Drexel Univ.) will speak on“The Cattle of the Sun from Babylonia to Homer to Archimedes”. One of the oldest and best known mathematical puzzles is Archimedes’ Cattle Problem, which was not completely solved until 1965. In this talk, Prof. Rorres will present the long history of this problem and its influence on number theory, especially on the Pell Equation. Prof. Rorres will also be presenting his own thoughts on the problem together with some materials that he recently came across.

October 3, 2018:  Entry deadline for the “Female Mathematicians in History” Prize

          In this contest, organized by the Italian Society of History of Mathematics to celebrate the 300th birthday of Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799), a prize of 2500 euros will be awarded to a young scholar for an original research paper on the theme “Female Mathematicians in History”. See entry requirements at the link above.

October 5-6, 2018:  The Philosophy and Physics of Noether's Theorems, London, England

          This conference, scheduled in Fischer Hall at the Univ. of Notre Dame, marks the centennial of Emmy Noether's theorems relating symmetry and physical quantities. Leading mathematicians, physicists, and philosophers of physics will discuss the enduring impact of Noether's work.

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

October 12-13, 2018:   ORESME Reading Group Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio area

          This 40th semi-annual gathering of the Ohio River Early Sources in Mathematical Exposition (ORESME) Reading Group, scheduled at a restaurant to be announced, continues last Spring’s discussion of Theorie Der Algebraischen Zahlen (Theory of Algebraic Numbers), published in 1908 by Kurt Hensel (1861-1941). This work includes Hensel's first substantial presentation of his p-adic numbers, which received a mixed reception at their introduction but have since become an important tool in investigations in number theory. (The English translation of the German original was produced for this meeting by Daniel E. Otero.) ORESME meetings feature discussion of important works in the history of mathematics, usually concentrating on a single author; the readings can be downloaded from the website ORESME. Organizers Daniel J. Curtin (Northern Kentucky University) and Daniel E. Otero (Xavier University) welcome your inquiries.

October 24, 2018:  Gresham College Lecture, “Mathematics in War and Peace”, London, England

          This free public event, organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), consists of three lectures in sequence and is scheduled at 4-7 pm at the Museum of London Lecture Theatre.

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

November 15-18, 2018: 44th Annual AMATYC Conference, Orlando, FL

           The annual conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), scheduled this year at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, always includes some talks on the history of mathematics and its uses in teaching.

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.

December 7-10, 2018: Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting, Vancouver, BC

        This meeting, scheduled at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, includes sessions on:

  • History and Philosophy of Mathematics, co-organized by Maritza Branker (Niagara Univ.), Glen Van Brummelen (Quest Univ.), and Nicolas Fillion (Simon Fraser Univ.)
  • Indigenization and Reconciliation through University Mathematics: Why, When and How?, co-organized by Darja Barr (Univ. of Manitoba), Shawn Desaulniers (Univ. of Alberta), and Edward Doolittle (First Nations Univ.).

December 8, 2018:  The Mathematics of Time, Birmingham, England

          This all-day conference, organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), is scheduled at the Midlands Institute.



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

         The "largest mathematics conference in the world" is scheduled this year at the Baltimore Convention Center, Hilton Baltimore, and Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel. It includes the following sessions relevant to the history of mathematics and its uses in teaching:

  • Minicourse #10: Object Based Learning and the Smithsonian Learning Lab, led by Amy Shell-Gellasch (Eastern Michigan Univ.)
  • AMS Invited Address by Karen Parshall (Univ. of Virginia), title TBA
  • AMS-MAA-ICHM Special Session on History of Mathematics, co-organized by Sloan Despeaux (Western Carolina Univ.), Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College), Daniel E. Otero (Xavier Univ.), and Adrian Rice (Randolph-Macon College)
  • MAA Contributed Paper Session on Good Math from Bad: Crackpots, Cranks and Progress, co-organized by Elizabeth T. Brown (James Madison Univ.) and Samuel R. Kaplan (Univ. of North Carolina Asheville)
  • MAA Contributed Paper Session on Ethnomathematics: Ideas and Innovations in the Classroom, co-organized by Janet Beery (Univ. of Redlands), Antonia Cardwell (Millersville Univ. of Pennsylvania), Ximena Catepillan (Millersville Univ. of Pennsylvania), and Amy Shell-Gellasch (Eastern Michigan Univ.)
  • 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 Paper Session on Humanistic Mathematics, co-organized by Gizem Karaali (Pomona College) and Eric Marland (Appalachian State Univ.)
  • MAA Contributed Paper Session on Philosophy of Mathematics, co-organized by Jeffrey Buechner (Rutgers Univ.—Newark) and Bonnie Gold (Monmouth Univ.).

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


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