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September 8, 2018:  Thomas Harriot Seminar, London, England

         Scheduled this year at Birkbeck, Univ. of London, this annual seminar celebrates the life and times of the mathematician Thomas Harriot (1560-1621).

September 11, 2018:  LMS–IMA Joint Meeting: Noether Celebration, London, England

         This meeting, marking the centennial of Emmy Noether's paper on Conservation Laws, is to be held at De Morgan House and is organized jointly by the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Scheduled speakers are Katherine Brading (Duke Univ.), Elizabeth Mansfield (Univ. of Kent), Cheryl Praeger (Univ. of Western Australia), Norbert Schappacher (I.R.M.A./U.F.R. de mathématique et d’informatique), and Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze (Univ. of Agder). The meeting is free to attend, but please register for your place online. The meeting includes lunch and will be followed by a reception. After the reception, the LMS and IMA will host a Joint Society Dinner at a nearby venue; if you would like to attend the dinner (£30.00), please email Elizabeth Fisher.

September 13-15, 2018:  Workshop on Teaching Mathematics from Primary Historical Sources, Denver, CO

           This workshop on teaching with original sources is scheduled at the Univ. of Colorado Denver and is 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). The purpose of this workshop is to bring PSP authors and potential classroom site testers together to learn more about this work. Individuals interested in learning to use PSPs or in testing a TRIUMPHS PSP, now or in the future, are encouraged to attend; travel, lodging, and some meals will be provided for participants. Applications submitted by June 8, 2018 will be given priority. The workshop application form is available via the TRIUMPHS website (see link above). The full application procedure and expectations for site testers are outlined here. A list of PSPs that TRIUMPHS expects to have ready for classroom testing by Fall 2018 can be found here. For full descriptions of these and all PSPs to be developed by TRIUMPHS, visit here.

September 14-17, 2018:  International Conference of the European Society for History of Science, London, England

         The eighth biennial International Conference of the European Society for History of Science (ESHS) is scheduled this year at several London venues and is organized by the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), with the active collaboration of the Dept. of Science and Technology Studies at University College London and the Science Museum. The conference theme is ‘Unity and Disunity’.

September 20, 2018:  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 Chris Rorres (Prof. Emeritus, Drexel Univ.) will speak on“The Cattle of the Sun from Babylonia to Homer to Archimedes”. One of the oldest and best known mathematical puzzles is Archimedes’ Cattle Problem, which was not completely solved until 1965. In this talk, Prof. Rorres will present the long history of this problem and its influence on number theory, especially on the Pell Equation. Prof. Rorres will also be presenting his own thoughts on the problem together with some materials that he recently came across.

October 3, 2018:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Garden City, NY

          Scheduled in Room 104, Hagedorn Hall, Adelphi Univ. Joseph Dauben (City Univ. of New York) speaks on "The Jesuits’ Failure to Transmit Western Mathematics, Astronomy, and Mathematical Perspective to China: Reflections on Matteo Ricci, Giuseppe Castiglione, Andreas Pozzo, and the Needham Question".

October 3, 2018:  Entry deadline for the “Female Mathematicians in History” Prize

          In this contest, organized by the Italian Society of History of Mathematics to celebrate the 300th birthday of Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799), a prize of 2500 euros will be awarded to a young scholar for an original research paper on the theme “Female Mathematicians in History”. See entry requirements at the link above.

October 5-6, 2018:  The Philosophy and Physics of Noether's Theorems, London, England

          This conference, scheduled in Fischer Hall at the Univ. of Notre Dame, marks the centennial of Emmy Noether's theorems relating symmetry and physical quantities. Leading mathematicians, physicists, and philosophers of physics will discuss the enduring impact of Noether's work.

October 10, 2018:  Bach and The Cosmos - The Goldberg Variations, London, England

         Scheduled at 7:30 to 11:00 pm in the Octagon, Queens Building, Queen Mary University of London. In this opening concert of the City of London Sinfonia’s series “Bach and the Cosmos”, Oxford mathematician James Sparks and CLS musicians take the audience on a journey through J. S. Bach’s most numerical piece, the Goldberg Variations. Through visuals, musical examples, and numerical explanations, Sparks explores how Bach used mathematical methodologies to expand musical subjects and exhaust all permutations of every theme in his 30 Variations. As the piece transforms, different sections of the orchestra are illuminated, highlighting Bach’s many beautiful mathematical structures and patterns.

October 11, 2018:  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 Adrian Rice (Randolph-Macon College) will speak on “Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist”. Ada Lovelace is widely regarded as an early pioneer of computer science, due to an 1843 paper about Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, which, had it been built, would have been a general-purpose computer. Her paper contains an account of the principles of the machine, along with a table often described as ‘the first computer program’. However, over the years there has been considerable disagreement among scholars as to her mathematical proficiency, with opinions ranging from ‘genius’ to ‘charlatan’. This talk presents an analysis of Lovelace’s extant mathematical writings and attempts to convey a more nuanced assessment of her mathematical abilities than has hitherto been the case.

October 11-14, 2018:  Society for History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

October 12-13, 2018:   ORESME Reading Group Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio area

          This 40th semi-annual gathering of the Ohio River Early Sources in Mathematical Exposition (ORESME) Reading Group, scheduled at a restaurant to be announced, continues last Spring’s discussion of Theorie Der Algebraischen Zahlen (Theory of Algebraic Numbers), published in 1908 by Kurt Hensel (1861-1941). This work includes Hensel's first substantial presentation of his p-adic numbers, which received a mixed reception at their introduction but have since become an important tool in investigations in number theory. (The English translation of the German original was produced for this meeting by Daniel E. Otero.) 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 website ORESME. Organizers Daniel J. Curtin (Northern Kentucky University) and Daniel E. Otero (Xavier University) welcome your inquiries.

October 24, 2018:  Gresham College Lecture, “Mathematics in War and Peace”, 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.

October 27, 2018:  MAA New Jersey Section Fall Meeting, Montclair, NJ

          The Fall meeting of the New Jersey Section of the Mathematical Assn. of America, scheduled this year at Montclair State Univ., includes two history-related sessions led by Lawrence D'Antonio (Ramapo College of New Jersey): an Invited Speaker address, “Alexandre Grothendieck - l'enfant terrible of 20th Century Mathematics”, and a Lunch Discussion, “Using the History of Mathematics in the Classroom”.

November 1-4, 2018:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

November 10-11, 2018: ARITHMOS Reading Group Meeting #59, Danbury, CT

          Readings in the History of Mathematics from Original Sources (ARITHMOS) will meet in Warner Hall, Room 315, at Western Connecticut State Univ. to read Galois's Second Memoir on the Solvability of Equations by Radicals in its entirety. ARITHMOS meets three or more times per year; for more information, contact Chuck Rocca.

November 15, 2018:  The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova, PA

         CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. 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 John Dawson (Prof. Emeritus, Pennsylvania State Univ., York) will speak on “How Relevant Has Logic Been to Mathematical Practice?”. For centuries mathematics has been regarded as the exemplar of rigorous deductive reasoning. Yet for much of its history it has not been, and few universities today require mathematics graduates to have had a course in formal logic. To what extent then have results in formal logic actually affected mathematical practice? And what accounts for the popular impression that deductive logic is central to mathematical practice?

November 15-18, 2018: 44th Annual AMATYC Conference, Orlando, FL

           The annual conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), scheduled this year at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, always includes some talks on the history of mathematics and its uses in teaching. This year, they include:

  • Agnes Azzolino, "Digital Manipulatives — Ancient and Modern Computing and Teaching"
  • Chana Epstein, "From Ancient to Modern: Mathematics in the Talmud"
  • Keith Nabb and Jaclyn Murawska, "Origami for Engineering: Collapsing, Functional, and Strong — Oh My!"
  • David Price and Elise Price, "Complex Numbers: From ‘Impossibility’ to Necessity"
  • Sean Saunders, "The Infinite Wonderland"
  • William G. "Bill" Weppner, "Apollo Turns 50: One Flight Controller’s Story".

November 23-24, 2018:  Mathematical and Astronomical Practices in Pre-Enlightenment Scotland and its European Networks, St Andrews, Scotland

          This workshop, organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), is scheduled at the Univ. of St Andrews.

November 28-30, 2018:  29th Annual Novembertagung on the History of Mathematics, Seville, Spain

           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. This year’s conference, hosted by the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Seville (IMUS), has the theme, “History of Mathematical Concepts and Conceptual History of Mathematics”. Invited speakers include Karine Chemla (National Center for Scientific Research, Paris) and José Ferreirós (Univ. of Seville). Abstracts of proposed contributions must be submitted before May 15, 2018.

December 7-10, 2018: Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting, Vancouver, BC

        This meeting, scheduled at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, includes sessions on:

  • History and Philosophy of Mathematics, co-organized by Maritza Branker (Niagara Univ.), Glen Van Brummelen (Quest Univ.), and Nicolas Fillion (Simon Fraser Univ.)
  • Indigenization and Reconciliation through University Mathematics: Why, When and How?, co-organized by Darja Barr (Univ. of Manitoba), Shawn Desaulniers (Univ. of Alberta), and Edward Doolittle (First Nations Univ.).

December 8, 2018:  The Mathematics of Time, Birmingham, England

          This all-day conference, organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), is scheduled at the Midlands Institute.

December 13, 2018:  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 Mariya Boyko (Univ. of Toronto) will speak on “Soviet Mathematics Education Reforms of the 1970s and Their Aftermath”. During the 1960s the Soviet government initiated major education reform in the USSR. Andrei Kolmogorov of Moscow State University got appointed as the head of the mathematics committee of the Scientific Methodological Council and got heavily involved in restructuring the mathematics curriculum. He aimed to merge the rigorous and non-rigorous ways of mathematical thinking in the minds of the students. Kolmogorov introduced a collection of pedagogical innovations and emphasized set theory, the deductive logical approach, and pre-calculus in the new curriculum. These changes were influenced by trends in modern mathematical research, such as the emphasis on a rigorous and deductive logical approach, as well as social and ideological tendencies that prevailed in Soviet society, such as the rise of Socialist Competition. Soon, however, the community of mathematics educators discovered various shortcomings in the new curriculum, and the decision to conduct counter-reforms was made. This presentation will discuss the intellectual, political, and ideological factors that shaped the development of the new Soviet mathematics curriculum, analyze the legacy of the reforms, and explore the reasons for their decline.



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), title TBA
  • 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 and Business Meeting.

        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 6–10, 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 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.

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.

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

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.



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

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


Please send Calendar items to Randy Schwartz.