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July 30, 2019:  Lecture on the Epitome Almagesti, Kansas City, MO

           Henry Zepeda (Wyoming Catholic College) presents a talk, “The Apex of Ptolemaic Astronomy: The Epitome Almagesti of Peurbach and Regiomontanus”, at 3-4 pm CDT in Linda Hall Library, situated on the Volker Campus of the Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City. The Epytoma in Almagestum Ptolemei, a reworking of Ptolemy’s astronomical masterpiece the Almagest, was written in the early 1460s by Georg Peurbach and Johannes Regiomontanus, two of the most important figures of 15th-century astronomy. The copy held by the Linda Hall Library was printed in Venice in 1496. While it built upon earlier medieval commentaries on the Almagest, the Epitome Almagesti (as it is usually called) is remarkable for its depth of comprehension of even the most technical aspects of Ptolemy’s astronomy, its clear explanations, and its incorporation of new discoveries made by its authors and by Arabic astronomers. This work, which had circulated in manuscript form for 35 years before it was printed, became the textbook by which students of astronomy learned the intricacies of Ptolemy’s geocentric astronomy. In his writings challenging the Ptolemaic system, Copernicus often referred to this book, which contained proofs that were fundamental to his development of a heliocentric system. Dr. Zepeda recounts the drama-filled story of how and why this book was written and discusses its contents, sources, and influence. The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required at Eventbrite. Those unable to attend the lecture in person can watch a live broadcast from the Library’s Facebook page or via Livestream.

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

          MathFest 2019, the annual Summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, is scheduled at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. The history-related events include the following:

  • Contributed Paper Session, “Understanding Mathematics Through its History”. Organized by Erik R. Tou (Univ. of Washington-Tacoma). Sponsored by The Euler Society.
  • Contributed Paper Session, “History of Mathematics in a Math Circle”. Organized by Amy Shell-Gellasch (Eastern Michigan Univ.) and Philip B. Yasskin (Texas A&M Univ.). Co-sponsored by the MAA Special Interest Groups on Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA MCST) and History of Mathematics (SIGMAA HOM).
  • Original Reading Event. Co-sponsored by the reading groups ARITHMOS and ORESME, by TRIUMPHS, by the MAA Special Interest Group on History of Mathematics (SIGMAA HOM), and by the Euler Society.

         The deadline for submitting a proposal to present at either of the contributed paper sessions listed above is April 30, 2019.

August 1-2, 2019:  History of Mathematics Conference, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

          This joint Fifth Biennial Irish History of Mathematics Conference (IHoM5) and British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) Conference is scheduled at Maynooth Univ.

August 8, 2019:   Lecture on Analog Computing in History, Kansas City, MO

           Corey Maley (Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy, Univ. of Kansas) presents a talk, “Analog Computation in a Digital World: Understanding the Place of a Bygone Technology in Contemporary Science”, at 7-8 pm CDT in Linda Hall Library, situated on the Volker Campus of the Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City. Analog computers were once the dominant computing machines in engineering and science but have now been almost completely replaced by digital computers. While there are practical reasons for preferring digital computers over analog, there are theoretical reasons to rehabilitate our understanding of analog computation. Neuroscientists and cognitive scientists, for example, routinely explain the workings of our minds by appealing to the computations that the brain performs. But, because these computations seem to be analog, rather than digital, we need to know more about what “analog” means. While the history of digital computation is well-understood, the history of analog computation has received very little attention. Dr. Maley discusses how research into the history of analog computers allows us to understand computation in a non-digital way, and shows how this broader understanding of computation helps make sense of contemporary claims about the computational nature of the mind and brain. The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required at Eventbrite. Those unable to attend the lecture in person can watch a live broadcast from the Library’s Facebook page or via Livestream.

September 10-11, 2019:  Scott Williams on Untold Stories of Black Mathematicians, Washington, DC

         (Rescheduled from February 26, 2019.) Part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the MAA Carriage House in Washington, DC, this event is offered twice (on consecutive nights) and is free of charge, but you must register via the Eventbrite link above. Dr. Scott Williams in a mathematician, poet, and artist blacksmith. He spent most of his career as a research mathematician at the State Univ. of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo. As a topologist, he often interacted with former students of Robert L. Moore. In spite of Moore’s outright racist actions, his student, John Kline, was the advisor of Dudley Woodard and William Claytor, the second and third African Americans to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. Williams often wondered about other Black mathematicians which led him to create the highly visible website “Mathematicians of the African Diaspora.” Dr. Talitha Washington of Howard Univ. will lead a conversation with Williams who will share the intimate untold stories of African Americans who persevered through racial obstacles to become successful mathematicians.

September 14-15, 2019:  American Mathematical Society Central Section Meeting, Madison, WI

          The schedule includes a special session on “Relations Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics”, organized by Rebecca Vinsonhaler, Emily Redman, and Brittany Shields from the Americas Section of the International Study Group on the Relations Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM-Americas). E-mail one of the organizers if you are interested in giving a talk (15 mins. followed by 5 mins. for questions and discussion).

September 15-18, 2019:  Stokes200 Symposium, Cambridge, England

         This conference at Pembroke College, Univ. of Cambridge, marks the bicentennial of the birth of Sir George Stokes, a towering figure in physics and applied mathematics. He was born in Ireland and spent all of his career at Cambridge, where he served as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1849 until his death in 1903. Organized by Pembroke, the Institute of Physics (London), and the British Society for History of Mathematics (BSHM), the Stokes200 symposium brings together an international group of experts whose work today is based upon the work of Stokes. It explores both the modern research fields that have sprung from Stokes’s work in physics and mathematics, along with the history of how we have got from his work to where we are now.

September 16-19, 2019:  Mathematics Textbook Research and Development, Paderborn, Germany

         The Third International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development is scheduled at the Univ. of Paderborn. One of the conference themes is Historical Perspectives on Textbooks.

September 16-20, 2019:  Sixth Biennial International Conference on the History of Mathematical Education (ICHME 6), Marseille, France

          Scheduled at the Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (CIRM). The submission deadline for abstracts of proposed contributions is March 31, 2019.

September 18-19, 2019:  HISTELCON 2019, Glasgow, Scotland

          The IEEE Society has organized its sixth biennial HISTory of ELectrotechnology CONference (HISTELCON) to take place at the Technology and Innovation Centre, Strathclyde University. The primary theme this year is historic computers. As with previous HISTELCONs, the conference will include invited keynote lectures as well as submitted, reviewed contributions. The submission deadline for proposed papers is March 4, 2019.

September 19, 2019:  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 David Perry (National Security Agency) will speak on “The Cracking of Enigma”. Although most people have heard of Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park successfully breaking the Enigma, it is less well known that the Polish Cipher Bureau broke the Enigma during the 1930s, using the mathematics of permutations in a way that had not been anticipated. Because of this story, code making and codebreaking became the purview of mathematicians thereafter. This talk will provide the details of what Marian Rejewski and his colleagues did to crack the Enigma.

October 2, 2019:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Garden City, NY

          Scheduled at 4:00 pm in Room 233, Science Building, Adelphi University. Rob Bradley (Adelphi Univ.) speaks on a topic to be announced.

October 4-5, 2019:   ORESME Reading Group Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio area

          This 42nd semi-annual gathering of the Ohio River Early Sources in Mathematical Exposition (ORESME) Reading Group, scheduled at Xavier University, will take up Euler’s Institutiones Calculi Differentialis (1755), specifically Chapters III (“On the infinite and the infinitely small”) and IV (“On the nature of differentials of each order”) in Blanton’s English translation (Foundations of Differential Calculus; Springer, 2000). 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 ORESME website. Organizers Daniel J. Curtin (Northern Kentucky University) and Daniel E. Otero (Xavier University) welcome your inquiries.

October 7-11, 2019:  Third World Congress on Formal Methods (FM’19), Porto, Portugal

          Scheduled at the Alfandega Porto Congress Centre. As part of the congress, there will be an all-day History of Formal Methods (HFM) workshop on Oct. 11. Its theme is the history of formal methods in computing, where 'formal methods' refers to mathematical or logical techniques for modelling, specifying, and reasoning about aspects of computing. The aim is to bring together historians of computing, technology, and science with practitioners in the field of formal methods to reflect on the discipline’s history. The workshop is intended to be of interest to current researchers in formal methods and to be accessible to people without any historical background. The invited speaker is Mark Priestley (Lecturer in Software Engineering, Univ. of Westminster, retired), now an independent scholar of the history and philosophy of computing with a particular interest in the early history of programming. Proposed papers for the workshop are invited at the HFM website, with a submission deadline of April 30, 2019.

October 23, 2019:  Gresham College Lecture, “Mathematical Expeditions”, 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. The event marks the centenary of the eclipse expeditions that provided evidence for Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Tickets are not required.

October 31 - November 2, 2019:  30th Annual Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Strasbourg, France

           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. The conference’s theme this year is “ Mathematical Cultures, Values and Norms”. The meeting is scheduled at the Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée (IRMA) of the University of Strasbourg. Keynote talks will be given by June Barrow-Green (Open University, England) and Roy Wagner (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland).

November 6, 2019:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Garden City, NY

          Scheduled at 4:00 pm in Room 233, Science Building, Adelphi University. Glen Van Brummelen (Quest Univ./ Institute for Advanced Study) speaks on a topic to be announced.

November 6-8, 2019:  Varga 100, Budapest, Hungary

          This conference, “Connecting Tamás Varga’s Legacy and Current Research in Mathematics Education”, is scheduled at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. It marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Hungarian mathematics educator, researcher, and reform leader Tamás Varga. The deadline for submission of a presentation abstract is April 30, 2019.

November 23, 2019:   Savilian Professors of Geometry: The First 400 Years, Oxford, England

          This all-day conference, organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) to mark the quadricentenary of the founding of Oxford University’s Savilian Professors of Geometry, comprises seven lectures about the Savilian professors and their life, labours and legacy. The meeting is scheduled at the Bodleian Library at Oxford. In addition, the Bodleian will have a display in the Weston library from November to February to mark this anniversary.

December 19–20, 2019:   The Mathematical Book Trade in the Early Modern World, Oxford, England

           This workshop, scheduled at All Souls College, considers issues related to mathematical books as a distinct specialization for certain early modern print shops, and as works of special interest to certain readers and institutions. Mathematical tables, geometrical diagrams and the new algebraic notation made for a distinct appearance on the page and, for many of those involved in their production and use, a distinct class of book. Primers, textbooks and practical manuals as well as new editions of the mathematical classics and works containing new mathematics issued from the presses in large numbers and were purchased, collected, used, and in many cases re-sold, sometimes repeatedly. In what ways was the advertisement, sale and subsequent re-circulation of mathematical books distinctive? What was the place of mathematical books in the activity of book collectors and connoisseurs? Were there distinctive issues in respect of pricing or of re-use of mathematical print? How did the actual use of mathematical books relate to the stratification of the market attempted by some producers and sellers of those books? Proposals for papers, including an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV, should be e-mailed to Benjamin Wardhaugh by September 15, 2019.



January 8-9, 2020:  British Academy workshop, Edinburgh, Scotland

           This interdisciplinary workshop, sponsored by the British Academy and scheduled at the University of Edinburgh, is titled, "Universals' Locales: The International and Global History and Sociology of Modern Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences." Early-career scholars interested in the history or sociology of the modern theoretical and mathematical sciences are invited to explore the methods and implications of studying the local and global scales of seemingly universal knowledge. Conversations will be guided by Martina Merz (Alpen-Adria-Universität, Austria), Tatiana Roque (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), David Aubin (Sorbonne Université), and Ursula Martin (Edinburgh and Oxford Universities). Travel, accommodation, and meals during the workshop are funded for accepted participants. Applications are due by September 20, 2019 (use the link above). For any questions or expressions of interest, contact Michael J. Barany at the Univ. of Edinburgh.

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

         The "largest mathematics conference in the world" is scheduled this year at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It includes the following sessions relevant to the history of mathematics and its uses in teaching:

  • AMS-MAA Special Session on History of Mathematics, three sessions co-organized by Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College), Sloan Despeaux (Western Carolina Univ.), Daniel E. Otero (Xavier Univ.), and Adrian Rice (Randolph-Macon College).
  • Contributed Paper Session, “A History of Mathematics in the United States and Canada: A Session in Honor of Math Historian David Zitarelli”, organized by Amy Shell-Gellasch (Eastern Michigan Univ.) and Toke Knudsen (SUNY-Oneonta).
  • Workshop, “Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Source Projects”, 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).
  • HOM SIGMAA Reception, Business Meeting, and Guest Lecture by June Barrow-Green (The Open Univ.), “The Historical Representation of Women in Mathematics”.

July 6-8, 2020: Quinquennial BSHM-CSHPM/SCHPM Joint Meeting, St Andrews, Scotland

           Scheduled at the Univ. of St Andrews, this year with the theme "People, Places, Practices". 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 the History and Philosophy of Mathematics (Société canadienne d'histoire et de philosophie des mathématiques) (CSHPM/SCHPM). The deadline to submit a proposal for a paper is November 30, 2019. Co-located with the Eleventh Conference on Mathematical Cultures and Practices on July 8-10 (q.v. below).

July 8-10, 2020: Eleventh Conference on Mathematical Cultures and Practices, St Andrews, Scotland

           Scheduled at the Univ. of St Andrews, this is a meeting of scholars from mathematics, philosophy, mathematics education, sociology, anthropology, automated reasoning, and history of mathematics. The participants are interested in cultural aspects of mathematical research practice, and in developing a view of the discipline based on empirical observations of the practices of mathematicians, taking into account the fact that cultures and practices of mathematics vary over time, space, and research community. The broad themes explored at the meeting include local mathematical cultures and styles; values in mathematics; the social nature of mathematical knowledge production; materiality of mathematics; and technological innovations. Co-located with the Qinquennial BSHM-CSHPM/SCHPM Joint Meeting on July 6-8 (q.v. above).

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

         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”, co-chaired by Kathleen M. Clark (Florida State Univ.) and Constantinos Tzanakis (Univ. of Crete, Greece)
  • TSG 55, “The History of the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics”, co-chaired by Wagner Rodrigues Valente (Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil) and Alexander Karp (Columbia Univ.)

         The first-round window for submission of papers and posters to TSGs is Jun. 1 – Sep. 15, 2019.

         See also the HPM satellite meeting (July 21-25, 2020 entry, below).


July 21-25, 2020:  10th quadrennial HPM meeting, Macao, China

          HPM 2020, scheduled at the Univ. of Macau in SAR Macao, China, is the10th 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 12-19, 2020 entry, above). The official languages of HPM 2020 are English and Chinese. The program includes plenary lectures, panels, workshops, and parallel sessions where participants present research reports, as well as poster exhibitions and exhibits of books and other didactical material. To submit a proposal for a research report, workshop, and/or poster, register for an account and submit the proposal via Microsoft CMT, and submit an abstract of at most 500 words no later than October 31, 2019.



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


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