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2021

January 6–9, 2021:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC
This meeting will take place virtually.

          The program includes the following sessions relevant to the history of mathematics and its uses in teaching:

  • AMS Special Session, “History of Mathematics,” co-organized by Adrian Rice (Randolph Macon College), Deborah Kent (Drake Univ.), Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College), and Danny Otero (Xavier Univ.).
  • HOM SIGMAA Reception, Business Meeting, and Guest Lecture by Danny Otero (Xavier Univ.), “Jakob Bernoulli’s Treatise on Infinite Series”.
  • MAA Contributed Paper Session, “The Philosophy of Mathematics, in Memory of Reuben Hersh,” co-organized by Sally Cockburn (Hamilton College), Kevin Iga (Pepperdine Univ.), and Tom Morley (Georgia Tech, emeritus).
  • AMS Special Session, “The Legacy of Dick Askey,” co-organized by Howard S. Cohl (NIST), Mourad E.H. Ismail (Univ. of Central Florida), and George E. Andrews (Penn State Univ.)
  • AMS Special Session, “Creative Teaching Methods That Lead to Student Learning,” co-organized by Michael A. Radin (Rochester Inst. of Tech.), Natali Hritonenko (Prairie View A & M Univ.), and Ellina Grigorieva (Texas Woman’s Univ.)
  • AMS Special Session, “Knotty Problems in Geometry: Special Session in Memory of Mark E. Kidwell,” co-organized by Will Traves (USNA) and Kerry Luse (Trinity Washington Univ.)
  • AMS-NAM Joint Special Session, “Celebrating the Mathematical Legacy of Dr. James A. Donaldson,” co-organized by Naiomi Cameron (Spellman College), Talitha Washington (Clark Atlanta Univ.), Caleb Ashley (Univ. of Michigan), and Bourama Toni (Howard Univ.)
  • AMS Invited Address by Ryan Hynd (Univ. of Penn.), “The Hamilton-Jacobi equation, past and present.”


January 15, 2021:   Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Online Colloquium
This colloquium will take place virtually.

          The January 15 session will feature Dora Musielak, University of Texas at Arlington,  who will speak on the topic, “Prime Mystery: Sophie Germain and Fermat’s Last Theorem,” beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). For regular updates on the programme, and joining instructions, see the News section of the CSHPM website http://www.cshpm.org/ or follow the Society on Facebook.


January 21, 2021:  Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHoM)
This talk will take place virtually.

          The PASHoM seminar will meet virtually on Zoom for the spring semester, with one speaker each month. The January seminar talk will be presented by Marina Vulis, who will discuss the life and career of Zygmunt Janiszewski (1888–1920). All talks will begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff for Zoom details.


January 30, 2021:  ARITHMOS Meeting
This meeting will take place virtually.

          We will finish E271, which we began at the previous session, 2–4 pm. For Zoom details contact Rob Bradley, bradley@adelphi.edu.


February 18, 2021:  Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHoM)
This talk will take place virtually.

          The PASHoM seminar will meet virtually on Zoom for the spring semester, with one speaker each month. The February seminar talk, titled The Cycloid, A Very Popular Curve, will be presented by Professor Maria Zack, Professor and Chair, Mathematics, Information and Computer Science, Point Loma University. All talks will begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff for Zoom details. 


February 19, 2021:   Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Online Colloquium
This colloquium will take place virtually.

          The February 19 session will feature David Waszek, McGill University,  who will speak on the topic, “Notational differences, exploration and discovery in mathematics,” beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). For regular updates on the programme, and joining instructions, see the News section of the CSHPM website http://www.cshpm.org/ or follow the Society on Facebook.


February 27, 2021:  British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), Research in Progress
This meeting will take place virtually.

          Clemency Montelle, University of Canterbury (New Zealand), will be the keynote speaker. See the event page for updated information.


February 27, 2021:  Mathematics at the Intersection of Art, Culture, and History: In Celebration of The Mathematical Intelligencer and Marjorie Senechal, Conference 
This conference will take place virtually.

          Karen Parshall and Sergei Tabachnikov, the organizers and hosts, are especially looking forward to celebrating together with you the legacy of the Intelligencer and Marjorie Senechal's great tenure as the Magazine's Editor-in-Chief. The conference begins at 10 am ET. For information and Zoom details click on the event above.


March 2, 2021: Launch of the Symposium Governing Science and Technology. What was at Stake for Women? (From the late 19th to the early 21st Century) 
This symposium will take place virtually.

          This symposium will take place through Zoom beginning at 3pm and until 5:30pm (Paris time). To register, please write before March 1st to the following address, gst2020@sciencesconf.org, with copy to ilemonon@gmail.com This meeting will officially launch the symposium that will take place on July 1–2, 2021, with seven panels conceived as spaces for research and discussion.


March 3, 2021:   HOM SIGMAA First Wednesdays Spring Virtual Speaker Series
The talk will take place virtually.

          Speaker: Rob Bradley is professor of mathematics at Adelphi University. He's the president of the Euler Society and one of the founding members of HOM-SIGMAA. With Ed Sandifer and Sal Petrilli, he authored L'Hôpital's Analyse Des Infiniments Petits: An Annotated Translation with Source Material by Johann Bernoulli (2015).

          Abstract: Anyone who has studied Calculus knows the name l'Hôpital (or l'Hospital), because of the rule for evaluating indeterminate forms that bears his name. Those who have dug a little deeper may know that it was actually Johann Bernoulli who discovered l'Hôpital's Rule. In fact, l'Hôpital's mathematical output was fairly modest, but his place in the history of mathematics was secured when he published the first calculus textbook in 1696, Analyse des infiniment petits. Bernoulli, who was quarrelsome and often involved in priority disputes, outlived l'Hôpital by 44 years. During that time, he would tell anyone who would listen that it was he who had written l'Hôpital's book. Historians of the 18th and 19th centuries were divided on who should be credited for authoring the Analyse. Priority was finally resolved in 1921, when a copy of one of Bernoulli's manuscripts was discovered in the libraries of the University of Basel. As so often happens, the truth is somewhat complicated.
Contact Jemma Lorenat for Zoom details.


March 6, 2021:  ARITHMOS Meeting
Rescheduled from February 27, 2021. This meeting will take place virtually.

          We will read Euler’s Bridges of Konigsberg paper (E53). The Latin original is on the Euler Archive and an English translation is included in Newman’s World of Mathematics, 2–4 pm. For Zoom details contact Rob Bradley, bradley@adelphi.edu.


March 12, 2021:   Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Online Colloquium
This colloquium will take place virtually.

          The March 12 session will feature Lauren Siegel, MathHappens Foundation, who will speak on the topic, “Primary sources and mathematical artifacts can inspire creative presentations for outreach projects,” beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). For regular updates on the programme, and joining instructions, see the News section of the CSHPM website http://www.cshpm.org/ or follow the Society on Facebook.


March 19, 2021:  Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHoM)
This talk will take place virtually.

          The PASHoM seminar will meet virtually on Zoom for the spring semester, with one speaker each month. The March seminar talk, titled 'Which shall be regarded as the best?': Axiom Systems and American Mathematics, will be presented by Ellen Abrams of Cornell University. All talks will begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff for Zoom details. 


April 7, 2021:   HOM SIGMAA First Wednesdays Spring Virtual Speaker Series
The talk will take place virtually.

          Speaker: Deborah Kent is a Reader in History of Mathematics at the University of St Andrews.

          Abstract: Nineteenth-century mathematician and physicist Peter Guthrie Tait (1831–1901) is widely known for his collaborations with Maxwell, Hamilton, and Thomson. Less familiar are his extensive aerodynamical studies. In the 1890s, Tait published over a dozen papers on the path of a rotating spherical projectile. Tait's classic work on the trajectory of golf balls was experimentally tested on the course at St Andrews with the help of his son, celebrated amateur golfer Freddie Tait. P.G. Tait realized that the combination of a dimpled surface and backspin created lift that allowed the ball to exceed the maximum expected distance.
Contact Jemma Lorenat for Zoom details.


April 15, 2021:  Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHoM)
This talk will take place virtually.

          The PASHoM seminar will meet virtually on Zoom for the spring semester, with one speaker each month. The April seminar talk will be presented by Brenda Davison of Simon Fraser University, who will discuss George Stokes’s work on the pendulum. All talks will begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff for Zoom details.


April 20, 2021: Bohemian Logical & Philosophical Café
This talk will take place virtually.

          This seminar offers a framework for webinars in emerging topics in philosophy and logic. The next presentation, at 4 pm CET (Prague time; 10 am Eastern), will be by Jeremy Avigad of Carnegie Mellon University on the topic, “Methodology and Metaphysics in Dedekind’s theory of ideals.” Visit the website for joining information.


April 27, 2021: Gresham Lecture: Where Do Mathematical Symbols Come From?
This talk will take place virtually.

          The sixth of a series of six lectures presented by Professor Sarah Hart, currently Gresham Professor of Geometry and President of the BSHM, explores how the introduction of new notation has paved the way for new leaps in understanding, and considers some mathematical quirks of language. Visit the website to register and to watch previous lectures.


April 29–30, 2021:  British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), Marriages, Couples, and the Making of Mathematical Careers
This workshop will take place virtually.

          This online workshop proposes to explore the role of marriage and other domestic partnerships in the lived practice and constructed memory of mathematics.


May 5, 2021:   HOM SIGMAA First Wednesdays Spring Virtual Speaker Series
The talk will take place virtually.

          Speaker: Jessica Otis is an Assistant Professor of History and Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

          Abstract: During the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, many English account-keepers replaced their existing object-based and literate arithmetical practices with Arabic numerals. This was not a straightforward process of replacement; early modern men and women considered the material characteristics of symbolic systems when making decisions about whether or not to trust a system to perform either of the conceptually distinct functions of recording and calculation. . . . This talk examines both the incentives and disincentives to Arabic numeral adoption in detail, in order to move beyond modern assumptions about the inherent superiority of Arabic numerals, particularly in the fraught arena of financial transactions, where trust in numbers was vital.
Contact Jemma Lorenat for Zoom details.


May 7, 2021:   Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Online Colloquium
This colloquium will take place virtually.

          The May 7 session will feature Emmylou Haffner (Laboratoire de mathématiques d'Orsay & Fondation Jacques Hadamard), who will speak on the topic, “What we can learn from Dedekind's drafts and how to navigate such a corpus.” CSHPM colloquia begin at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). For regular updates on the programme, and joining instructions, see the News section of the CSHPM website http://www.cshpm.org/ or follow the Society on Facebook.


May 14, 2021:  LMS Spitalfields History of Mathematics Meeting
This meeting will take place virtually.

          A half-day of presentations (2:00 PM–5:30 PM BST) to launch the Educational Times Digital Archive, organized jointly by University College London Special Collections and the London Mathematical Society. The registration link is here. The database was recently profiled in Convergence.


May 15, 2021:  British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), History of Decision Mathematics Conference 
Rescheduled from May 2020.

          An all day conference that will be held at Birkbeck College, London. See the website at History of Decision Mathematics.


May 21, 2021:   Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Online Colloquium
This colloquium will take place virtually.

          The May 21 session will feature Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College), who will speak on the topic, “‘To advance mathematics’: evidence for women’s intellectual ambition in the Bryn Mawr graduate program and abroad.” CSHPM colloquia begin at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). For regular updates on the programme, and joining instructions, see the News section of the CSHPM website http://www.cshpm.org/ or follow the Society on Facebook.


June 2, 2021:   HOM SIGMAA First Wednesdays Spring Virtual Speaker Series
The talk will take place virtually.

          Speaker: V. Frederick Rickey and Marion (Wendy) Alexander

          Abstract: It is well known that Euler proved the irrationality of e in his first paper on continued fractions, "De fractionibus continuis dissertatio" (E71), which was written in 1737 and published in 1744. But have you ever seen that proof? We doubt it. It was only published in E71 and Euler omitted several significant details that his contemporaries would have known about but that we don't. Although hindered by lack of library access we have found half a dozen papers that claim to elucidate Euler's proof, but none of them do. Rosanna Cretney's 2014 paper, "The origins of Euler's early work on continued fractions," History Mathematica, 41 (2014), 139-156 provided crucial details.   Cretney showed how Euler (in an 1731 letter to Goldbach, R729)  used ideas from Daniel Bernoulli's 1724 Exercitationes to create a simple infinite continued fraction function for e. This provided the first proof that e is irrational .
Contact Jemma Lorenat for Zoom details.


June 18, 2021:   Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Online Colloquium
This colloquium will take place virtually.

          The June 18 session will feature David Bellhouse, Western University (emeritus),  who will speak on the topic, “William Playfair’s Statistical Graphs,” beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). For regular updates on the programme, and joining instructions, see the News section of the CSHPM website http://www.cshpm.org/ or follow the Society on Facebook.


July 1–2, 2021: Symposium Governing Science and Technology: What was at Stake for Women? (From the late 19th to the early 21st Century)
This meeting will take place virtually.

          The symposium will have seven panels conceived as spaces for research and discussion. See the event page at https://gst2020.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/2 for updated information.


July 11–18, 2021:  14th Quadrennial International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-14), Shanghai, China
This congress will take place in hybrid mode.

          The ICME-14 program includes a total of 62 Topic Study Groups (TSGs). Of particular relevance to the study of the history of mathematics are these:

  • TSG 27, “The Role of the History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education”
  • TSG 55, “The History of the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics”

         See also the HPM satellite meeting (July 19, 2021, entry below).


July 12–15, 2021:  Quinquennial BSHM-CSHPM/SCHPM Joint Meeting, St Andrews, Scotland
Rescheduled from July 2020. In January 2021 it was announced that this conference will take place virtually.

           Hosted by the Univ. of St Andrews, with the theme "People, Places, Practices". Approximately every five years, a conference is held jointly by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) and its sister society, the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (Société canadienne d'histoire et de philosophie des mathématiques) (CSHPM/SCHPM). Free registration and a draft programme are available here until July 9.


July 19–23, 2021:  Objects of Understanding: Historical Perspectives on Material Artefacts and Practices in Science Education, Flensburg, Germany
Rescheduled from June 2020.

          The conference will discuss objects that were explicitly designed for the purpose of science education such as teaching demonstrations and students’ experiments, models and collections of specimens, as well as the relationship between teaching and research instruments and collections, and the practices associated with them. It is sponsored by the Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC), the International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group (IHPST), the International Committee for University Museums and Collections (UMAC) and Universeum, the European Academic Heritage Network. Proposals for individual papers of about 20 minutes and for posters are welcomed; submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to OoU-conference@uni-flensburg.de by October 15, 2020.


July 20–24, 2021:  ICHME-7 Seventh International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education 
This conference has been postponed to 09/19–09/23/2022.

          The conference host is Prof. Dr. Ysette Weiss, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Institut für Mathematik, Mainz, Germany.


July 19, 2021:  10th Quadrennial HPM meeting, Macao, China
Rescheduled from July 2020. In June 2021 it was announced that this conference will take place virtually.

          HPM 2020, scheduled at the Univ. of Macau in SAR Macao, China, is the 10th quadrennial meeting of the International Study Group on the Relations Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics—the HPM Group. It is a satellite conference of ICME-14 in Shanghai, China (see July 11–18, 2021, entry, above). The official languages of HPM 2020 are English and Chinese. Due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will consist of one day of plenary lectures presented in partnership with the British Society for the History of Mathematics. Registration and further information is forthcoming at the link above as well as on the BSHM website.


July 25–31, 2021:  26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic

          Scheduled at Charles University in Prague, this gathering is organized by the Division of History of Science and Technology (DHST) of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST). The theme of this year’s Congress is “Giants and Dwarfs in Science, Technology and Medicine”. The deadlines for submission of proposals are Apr. 30, 2020, for complete symposia, and Nov. 30, 2020, for stand-alone abstracts.


July 26–29, 2021:  Nexus 20/21, Kaiserslautern, Germany
This meeting will take place virtually.

          The 14th international, interdisciplinary, biennial Nexus Conference on the Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics is hosted by the Faculty of Architecture at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (FATUK) and sponsored by Kim Williams Books. The program includes numerous talks on the mathematics of historic architecture.


August 4–7, 2021:  MAA MathFest, Mountain Daylight Time
This meeting will take place virtually.

          MathFest is the annual Summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. The program will include a contributed paper session on Ethnomathematics, Culture Meets Mathematics in the Classroom, sponsored by HOM SIGMAA; a panel on The Art of Publishing in MAA Journals; and a lecture by Bonita Saunders, “Complex Functions, Mesh Generation, and Hidden Figures in the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions.” The deadline to submit abstracts for contributed paper sessions and poster sessions is May 21, 2021. Register here.


September 11, 2021:  British Society for the History of Mathematics (BHSM)  History of Mathematics and Flight
Rescheduled from September 2020.

          All day meeting at the Concorde Conference Center, Manchester Airport, Manchester, England. Includes an optional tour of the Concorde flight deck.


September 24–25, 2021:  48th Annual Miami University Mathematics Conference, Oxford, Ohio
Rescheduled from September 2020.

          The theme of this year's meeting is History of Mathematics, and keynote speakers will be David Richeson (Dickinson College) and Glen Van Brummelen (Trinity Western University, Canada). The conference will include the 47th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Student Conference.


October 20, 2021:  Gresham Lecture: Non-Western Mathematics, Museum of London

          The event will include talks by Anuj Misra, “Sanskrit Mathematics in the Language of Poetry”; Manuel Medrano, “Knot Just Numbers: Mathematics and More in Andean Khipu Strings”; and Karine Chemla, “Histories of Numbers.”


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