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2021


September 9–10, 16–17, 2021:  Thomas Harriot in Global and Local Contexts,  British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM)
The conference will take place virtually.

          A conference organized by the Thomas Harriot Seminar to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of Thomas Harriot's death in 1621. Hosted by the Warburg Institute.


September 11, 2021:  History of Mathematics and Flight, British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) 
Rescheduled from September 2020. This meeting has been postponed (again) to July 2, 2022. See entry below.

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


September 16, 2021:  Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHoM)
This talk will take place virtually.

          The PASHoM seminar continues to meet virtually on Zoom, with one speaker each month. The September seminar talk, “The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra: History in Pictures,” will be presented by Dan Velleman of Amherst College. All talks begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff for Zoom details.


September 17, 2021:   Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Online Colloquium
This colloquium will take place virtually.

          The September 17 session will feature James Robert Brown, (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto), who will speak on “Mathematical Evidence.” 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.


September 24–25, 2021:  48th Annual Miami University Mathematics Conference, Oxford, Ohio
Rescheduled from September 2020. This conference has been postponed (again) to Fall 2022. Further information will be posted when available.

          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.


September 27–28, 2021:  Mathematics without Borders: The Centennial of the International Mathematical Union, Strasbourg, France
Rescheduled from September 2020.

          The IMU was officially established on September 20, 1920, just before the International Congress of Mathematicians in Strasbourg. A live webcast of this celebration will be available.


October 5–6, 2021:  Black Heroes of Mathematics, London Mathematical Society
The conference will take place virtually.

          “The vision of this conference is to celebrate the inspirational contributions of Black role models to the field of mathematics and mathematics education.”


October 18, 2021: The Maths of Perspective in Art, Museum of London
The lecture will be live-streamed as well as delivered in person.

          This lecture on the discovery of the rules of perspective and the mathematics behind them is the first of a series of six lectures on “Geometry: The Mathematics of Art,” given by Professor Sarah Hart, Gresham Professor of Geometry and BSHM President.


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.”


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

          The PASHoM seminar continues to meet virtually on Zoom, with one speaker each month. The October seminar talk, “Stanislaw Lesniewski, Logician Extraordinaire,” will be presented by Fred Rickey. All talks begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff for Zoom details.


October 22, 2021:   Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Online Colloquium
This colloquium will take place virtually.

          The October 22 session will feature Zoe Ashton (The Ohio State University), who will speak on the topic, “Each Another’s Audience: A Rhetorical Account of Rigor.” 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.


November 3, 2021:  HOM SIGMAA First Wednesdays Fall Lecture Series
The talk will take place virtually.

          Noah Aydin (Kenyon College) will speak on “A Mathematician’s Journey into History of Mathematics: Impacts, Reflections, and Lessons,” on how he developed a research interest in the history of mathematics and science in the Islamic world. Contact Jemma Lorenat for Zoom details.


November 11, 2021:  Thomas Harriot LectureBritish Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM)

          Larry E. Tise will deliver the lecture, “Thomas Harriot and the Creation of America's First Illustrated Colouring Book,” in the Champneys Room of Oriel College, Oxford, at 5 pm.


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

          The PASHoM seminar continues to meet virtually on Zoom, with one speaker each month. The November seminar talk, on the axiomatic contributions of Mario Pieri and Alfred Tarski, will be presented by James T. Smith of San Francisco State University. All talks begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff for Zoom details.


November 18–21, 2021:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
This conference will take place virtually.

          History of mathematics and the exact sciences on the program of this joint conference with the Society for the History of Technology includes sessions on Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval; Another Vast Machine: Data, Models, and Simulations in the Human Sciences; Gender and Work in the Mathematical Sciences; Health and Computation Before the Internet; Libraries and Mathematics: Rethinking “the mathematician’s laboratory”; Naturalness as an Epistemic Virtue: Case Studies from the History of Mathematics; and Standardization and Measurement from the Ancient World to the Early 20th Century.


December 1, 2021:  HOM SIGMAA First Wednesdays Fall Virtual Speaker Series
The talk will take place virtually at 4 pm PST/7 pm EST.

          Speaker: Cynthia Huffman is a University Professor of mathematics at Pittsburg State University, and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of HOM SIGMAA. She is also an accomplished handbell soloist.

          Abstract: Change ringing, the ringing of church tower bells in permutations at important events such as weddings and funerals, dates back to 1610. By 1670, authors of change ringing compositions seemed to be aware of the concept of a coset; at least 150 years before mathematicians were beginning to formalize group theory. In this presentation, we will look at some of the connections between change ringing and group theory. A live demonstration of ringing cosets on handbells will be included (along with a musical surprise).
Contact Jemma Lorenat for Zoom details.


December 5–7, 2021:  Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting
The conference will take place virtually.

          The Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics is sponsoring a session on History and Philosophy of Mathematics. Speakers are listed here, a panel on women in mathematical history is described here, and registration information is found here.


December 9, 2021:  Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHoM)
This talk will take place virtually.

          The PASHoM seminar continues to meet virtually on Zoom, with one speaker each month. The December seminar talk, “Clairaut’s Quatre Problèmes sur de Nouvelles Courbes” will be presented by Colin McKinney of Wabash College and is based on the translation found here in Convergence. All talks begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff for Zoom details.

2022


January 5–8, 2022:  Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, Washington

         The “largest mathematics conference in the world" is being planned for the Washington State Convention Center. It includes the following sessions relevant to the history of mathematics and its uses in teaching:

  • AMS Special Session on History of Mathematics, co-organized by Sloan Despeaux (Western Carolina Univ.), Deborah Kent (St Andrews Univ.), Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College), and Daniel E. Otero (Xavier Univ.)
  • HOM SIGMAA Reception, Business Meeting, and Guest Lecture, co-organized by Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College), Amy Shell-Gellasch (Eastern Michigan Univ.), and Daniel E. Otero (Xavier Univ.)
  • “Making Math more Accessible: Venturing into Public Arenas,” organized by Lauren Siegel (Math Happens Foundation)
  • Association for Women in Mathematics Special Session on Celebrating the Mathematical Contributions of the AWM, co-organized by Donatella Danielli (Arizona State Univ.), Kathryn Leonard (Occidental College), Michelle Manes (Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa), and Ami Radunskaya (Pomona College)


February 26, 2022:  Research in Progress, British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM)

         This annual meeting of the British Society for the History of Mathematics provides an opportunity for research students in any area of the history of mathematics to present their work to a friendly and supportive audience.


May 13–15, 2022:   Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Annual Meeting
This conference will take place virtually.

          The CSHPM will be holding its 2022 Annual Meeting online in conjunction with the 2022 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The theme of the special session will be “original sources in the history and philosophy of mathematics”. Additional information will be posted on the CSHPM website as it becomes available.


July 2, 2022:  History of Mathematics and FlightBritish Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM)
Rescheduled from September 2020 and from September 2021.

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


July 18–22, 2022:  Ninth European Summer University on History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education, Fisciano (SA), Italy

          Sponsored by the International Study Group on Relations between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM), this collection of intensive courses is scheduled at the University of Salerno. Read the first announcement here. Abstracts and proposals for all types of activities are due to esu9.sa@gmail.com by November 30, 2021 (extended deadline).


September 9–10, 2022:  British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), Tunstall 500 

          A meeting to commemorate the 500th birthday of Cuthbert Tunstall's De arte supputandi libri quattuor (1522), the first printed work published in England devoted exclusively to mathematics. See the website at www.bshm.ac.uk/events/tunstall-500.


September 19–23, 2022:  ICHME-7 Seventh International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education, University of Mainz, Germany

          The conference host is Prof. Dr. Ysette Weiss, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Institut für Mathematik, Mainz, Germany. We are calling for papers for this seventh Conference, presenting original research on the history of mathematics education. See the conference website at: https://ichme7.uni-mainz.de. The main thematic issues of the Conference will be:

  1.  to compare recent research on the history of mathematics education at the international level;
  2.  to highlight and analyse the interrelations between the history of mathematics and the history of mathematics education;
  3.  to explore new methods of research, interpretation, and evaluation of sources;
  4.  to enrich the history of education with a comparative approach to the mathematical contents taught;
  5.  to take into account the sociological context to analyse the educational and professional scope of mathematics education;
  6.  to analyse the dissemination of conceptions and reforms in mathematical education internationally.


November 17–20, 2022:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

          Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.



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