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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), “The Roaring Twenties in American Mathematics”
  • 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, Business Meeting, and Guest Lecture by Karen Parshall (Univ. of Virginia), “Crossing the Pond: European Mathematicians in 1920s America”

        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, 2019:  IREM Seminar, “Euclid’s Elements in Service of Renaissance Algebra: How Did Guillaume Gosselin Demonstrate the ‘Rule of Signs’?”, Paris, France

         Scheduled at 2:00 pm at l’Institut Henri Poincaré, Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, this seminar is led by historian of mathematics Odile Kouteynikoff of the Science, Philosophy, History (SPHERE) Research Unit within the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. Part of the series of Seminars on the Epistemology and History of Mathematical Ideas, organized by Michel Serfati of the Institute for Research on the Teaching of Mathematics (IREM) at the Université de Paris Diderot.

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.

February 21, 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 Harold Edwards (New York Univ., Emeritus) will speak on “Are Complex Numbers as Important as Modern Mathematics Makes Them?”. He characterizes this talk in the following terms: “Familiarity with the field of complex numbers is regarded as the cornerstone of a modern mathematical education. Yet many of the important works of Gauss, Abel, and Galois made no use at all of complex numbers. In most cases, I prefer the originals to the modern expositions of these works, because the originals are more constructive and make clearer the ideas that inspired them. Whether we prefer the originals or the modern versions, it is essential for historians of mathematics to understand that the originals are NOT attempts, awkward and only partially successful, to understand the modern versions. I will try to show the importance of this principle by explaining what I see as the virtues of these early works done without using complex numbers.”

February 23, 2019:  BSHM Research in Progress Meeting, Oxford, England

          Presenters at this annual full-day meeting of the British Society for History of Mathematics (BSHM), to be held in Shulman Auditorium, Queen's College, Univ. of Oxford, will be research students in the history of mathematics and a keynote speaker.

February 26, 2019:  Scott Williams on Untold Stories of Black Mathematicians, Washington, DC

         Part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the MAA Carriage House in Washington, DC, this event is free, 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.

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

          Scheduled at 4:00 pm in Room 104, Hagedorn Hall, Adelphi Univ. Rob Bradley (Adelphi Univ.) speaks on "Servois on Numerical Integration".

March 13, 2019:  IREM Seminar, “Why Did Dedekind Really Want to Create the Numbers?”, Paris, France

         This seminar, led by historian of mathematics Philippe Séguin (Université de Nancy), is scheduled at 2:00 pm at l’Institut Henri Poincaré, Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. Part of the series of Seminars on the Epistemology and History of Mathematical Ideas, organized by Michel Serfati of the Institute for Research on the Teaching of Mathematics (IREM) at the Université de Paris Diderot.

March 21, 2019:  London Mathematical Society Meeting, London, England

          The meeting, scheduled at De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London, features talks by two historians of mathematics: June Barrow-Green (The Open University) and Jeremy Gray (The Open University and the University of Warwick). The subject of Dr. Barrow-Green’s lecture is to be announced later. Dr. Gray will be delivering the Hirst Lecture, "Jesse Douglas, Minimal Surfaces, and the First Fields Medal" (the Hirst Prize and Lectureship for the History of Mathematics is awarded jointly by the London Mathematical Society and the British Society for the History of Mathematics in recognition of original and innovative work in the history of mathematics). Jesse Douglas received one of the first two Fields Medals in 1936 for his work on minimal surfaces: he was the first person to solve the Plateau problem for discs spanning an arbitrary contour, and to generalise the problem successfully to surfaces of arbitrary topological type. Yet his work provoked a long-running and painful battle with Tibor Radó and Richard Courant, and today it is not easy to find out what Douglas actually did, or much about his life. Dr. Gray’s lecture is based on joint work with Mario Micallef (University of Warwick).

March 23, 2019:  Deadline for 2019 HOM SIGMAA Student Essay Contest

          Entries to the 16th annual MAA History of Mathematics Special Interest Group Student Writing Contest are due to HOM SIGMAA Prize Coordinator Amy Shell-Gellasch by Saturday, March 23, 2019. For more information, contact Amy Shell-Gellasch.

April 3, 2019:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Garden City, NY

          Scheduled at 4:00 pm in Room 104, Hagedorn Hall, Adelphi Univ. Inna Tokar (City College of New York) speaks on "History of Mathematics Education for Gifted Students in the Former Soviet Union".

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

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

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 16-20, 2019:  Sixth 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 15, 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.



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

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:  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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