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May 1, 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 Univ. Eisso Atzema (Univ. of Maine) speaks on "Ferdinand Engel (1805-1866) and His Models of the Fresnel Wave Surface". The talk discusses the early history of the visualization of mathematical surfaces and the manufacturing of physical models for such surfaces, culminating in a discussion of the work of Christian Gottlieb Ferdinand Engel, especially his prize-winning plaster models of the Fresnel Wave Surface still on display at the Univ. of Mississippi.

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

May 15, 2019:  IREM Seminar, “Classroom Experimentation in Using the History of Mathematics: Stakes and Constraints of Taking the Historical Discipline into Account”, Paris, France

         This seminar, led by Charlotte De Varent of the Science, Philosophy, History (SPHERE) Research Unit within the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, is scheduled at 2:00 pm at l’Institut Henri Poincaré, Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. The seminar considers the results of an experiment in which a class studied the units of measurement used in calculating square areas in a Paleo-Babylonian cuneiform tablet. The seminar broaches issues relative to new challenges in the transmission of the history of science and relative to “symmetrical” interdisciplinarity between mathematics and history. Part of the series of Seminars on the Epistemology and History of Mathematical Ideas, organized by the late Michel Serfati of the Institute for Research on the Teaching of Mathematics (IREM) at the Université de Paris Diderot.

May 18, 2019:  The History of Recreational Mathematics, London, England

          This all-day conference at Birkbeck College, London, features a number of speakers including renowned puzzlemeister David Singmaster (now-retired professor of mathematics at London South Bank Univ., England). The conference is organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) with support from the Dept. of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics at Birkbeck, Univ. of London.

May 23, 2019: Thomas Harriot Lecture, Oxford, England

         This annual lecture celebrates the life and times of the mathematician Thomas Harriot (1560-1621). The lecture this year, scheduled at Champneys Room, Oriel College, Oxford, is by Felipe Fernández-Armesto (Univ. of Notre Dame), “Both to Love and Fear Us— How to Found an Empire in Harriot’s Day”.

May 29, 2019:  IREM Seminar, “Introduction to Reading Michel Serfati”, Paris, France

         This seminar, led by Bruno Gagneux (IREM - Université Paris 7), is scheduled at 2:00 pm at l’Institut Henri Poincaré, Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. The session is a tribute to the late Michel Serfati (d. Sep. 30, 2018) of the Institute for Research on the Teaching of Mathematics (IREM) at the Université de Paris Diderot. Serfati played a leading role in bringing to life in France the disciplines of History and Epistemology of Mathematics, especially through his Seminar on the Epistemology and History of Mathematical Ideas, which he founded and animated for more than 25 years. This session will focus especially on his representative book The Symbolic Revolution (2005), and secondarily on his last book, Leibniz and the Invention of Mathematical Transcendence (2018), published a few days before his death.

May 30 – June 1, 2019:  The First Biennial International Congress on the History of Science in Education (1CIHCE), Vila Real, Portugal

          Scheduled at the Aula Magna, in the Geosciences Building, this conference is jointly organized by the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), the University of Porto (UP), the University of Coimbra (UC), and the University of S. Paulo (USP). It aims to bring together researchers, professors, and students interested in the history and teaching of biology, geology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, as well as educational sciences, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, anthropology, astronomy, psychology, economics, sociology, ecology, molecular biology and nanosciences, among others. The focus is on the importance of the history of science for success in learning, and strategies for the implementation of the history of science in teaching. In addition to works focused on teaching, education, pedagogy, and popularization, it also welcomes reflections and studies of a more general, disciplinary or interdisciplinary nature, in the history of culture, technology and industry, as well as epistemological, historiographic, biographical, or prosopographic. Other topics relevant to the history of science and teaching, such as gender studies, science teaching in a foreign language and, in general, the various aspects of the interactions between science, technology and the humanities, are also encouraged.

June 2-4, 2019: Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada

          Featuring the Kenneth O. May Lecture by Alexander Jones on "Sexagesimal Mathematics in Babylonian and Greek Mathematics and Astronomy" and a special session on History of Mathematical Astronomy, the conference also will include talks on a variety of subjects in history and philosophy of mathematics. Deadline for submission of abstracts is Feb. 1, 2019. The conference will be held at the University of British Columbia in conjunction with the CFHSS.

June 3-4, 2019:  Reading the Classics of Science: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives, Oxford, England

         This conference is organized jointly by the University of Oxford; the Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach, Germany; and the Science, Philosophy, History (SPHERE) Research Unit within the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. The multidisciplinary conference aims to deepen understanding of how classics and canonical texts were perceived qua texts, by relying on scientific sources, and to study the forms and editions through which these specific types of text were presented to users. The goal is also to observe the various readings and interpretations that actors operating in different contexts made of these texts, using evidence ranging from marginalia left by readers to systematic commentaries about the texts. In particular, the conference is rooted in three projects that have been and are still developed at Oxford and Paris. Oxford project “Reading Euclid” deals with early modern English modes of reading of a classical work of mathematics, Euclid’s Elements, in its early modern editions. Paris-based project “Mathematical Canons and Commentaries” has aimed at understanding why and how mathematical activity in the ancient world has taken the shape of writing commentaries on canonical texts and which approaches to these canonical texts the commentaries testified to. Finally, Sally Humphreys has long developed a comparative and anthropological approach to ancient Greek classics; and has organized two comparative projects: Cultures of Scholarship (Univ. of Michigan Press, 1997) and Modernity’s Classics (Springer, 2013).

June 10, 2019:  Introduction to Arabic Scientific Manuscripts, London, England

         This is a one-day course scheduled at Senate House, University of London, and taught by Dr. Bink Hallum, Curator of Arabic Scientific Manuscripts, The British Library. It will provide a practical, hands-on introduction for students beginning research with Arabic scientific manuscripts. The main aim is to familiarize students with some of the major features and obstacles specific to scientific manuscripts, while giving practical experience in interpreting a variety of Arabic scientific manuscripts representing a wide range of periods, locations and scientific topics (examples will be chosen from amongst astronomy/astrology, geometry/optics, mechanics, arithmetic, chemistry/alchemy, medicine, divination, and agriculture). No prior experience with manuscripts is assumed, but students should have at least basic Arabic proficiency. This course is part of the London International Palaeography Summer School (LIPSS) organized by the Institute of English Studies, Univ. of London. Questions can be directed to Summer School administrator Georgia Reeves.

June 13-16, 2019:  The Role of Institutions in the History of Modern Science, Brno, Czech Republic

          This conference, part of the interdisciplinary workshop series Math and Society, is organized by the Dept. of Mathematics at Masaryk University in Brno and the Dept. of Mathematics and Descriptive Geometry at VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, in co-operation with the Brno branches of the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists and the Czech Society for History of Science and Technology. How do institutions play a role in the development of mathematics, given that mathematicians can often reach good results just with pen and paper? Princeton, emerging as the center of mathematical research in the 1930s, is the most familiar example: When Eduard Čech returned from Princeton in 1936, the sense of community fascinated him so much that it inspired him to found Topological Seminar in Brno, believing he could achieve the same quality of mathematical research by following the bright example of Princeton. Research in pure mathematics as well as in applied mathematics and the sciences in the 20th century was shaped by such universities as well as by state institutions (such as the Bureau d’Longitude, the National Bureau of Standards, and the Masaryk Academy of Labour) as well as private firms such as insurance companies. This meeting aims to explore the expectations woven into such institutions. Looking at mathematics from this point of view sheds new light on the role of mathematics and mathematicians in modern society. The meeting traditionally strives to support interdisciplinary debate and explore various approaches to history of mathematics and the history of science.

June 17, 2019:  Diversifying the Curriculum, Oxford, England

          This one-day workshop at the Oxford Mathematical Institute focuses on the use of history in the teaching of mathematics, with a particular view to the ways in which this might be used to increase the diversity of the figures who are presented.

June 18-21, 2019:  Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences, Montreal, Canada

         This conference, held at McGill Univ., includes historical and intercultural dimensions of studying mathematics. The submission deadline for proposals is Feb. 15, 2019.

June 22, 2019:  The Mathematics of Populations, 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 how mathematics was developed for dealing with populations of various types over the past 400 years, tracing studies of life expectancy, concerns about exponential growth, and mathematical models in epidemiology— all tools now important for bioscience.

July 3, 2019:  Lecture on Paul Erdős, New York, NY

          Joel H. Spencer (New York Univ.) presents a talk, “Erdős Magic: Theorems, Conjectures, Lifestyle, and The Book”, twice (afternoon and evening) at the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in Manhattan. Part of “Math Encounters”, MoMath’s popular public presentation series, which is free but registration is required.

July 16-20, 2019:  Bridges Conference, Linz, Austria

         Scheduled this year at the Johannes Kepler University & Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria, 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, 2019 for regular papers, and March 1, 2019 for short or workshop papers.

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.

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.

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 6-8, 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.



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

          Includes a 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).

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

           Scheduled at the Univ. of St Andrews. 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).

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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