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2021

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, 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 are available at the link above as well as on the BSHM website.


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 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.


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 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.”


November 18-21, 2021:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

          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.

2022


January 5–8, 2022:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA

         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)


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 October 31, 2021.


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