The following article, outlining the 40-year history of the British Society for the History of Mathematics was written for the European Mathematical Society's Newsletter by Professors Robin Wilson, current BSHM President, and Raymond Flood, a former BSHM President and Treasurer.     The British Society for the History of Mathematics - Robin Wilson and Raymond Flood .

The British Society for the History of Mathematics exists to promote research into the history of mathematics and its use at all levels of mathematics education.

The Society's Bulletin is published by Taylor and Francis, and carries a wide range of articles and reviews of interest to the history of mathematics community.

This link provides information about how to join the Society; this site also contains information about the Society and its history, its current activities, and various resources on the history of mathematics.

BSHM Undergraduate Essay Prize 2014/15

The winner of the 2014/15 BSHM undergraduate essay prize is Edwin Reynolds, an Oxford University maths student, whose essay title was:
‘To What Extent Were the Contributions of Cauchy to the Development of Rigour in Analysis Influenced by Those of Lagrange?'

Second Hand Books

BSHM currently holds about 100 second hand mathematical texts of various kinds. These were the property of a number of members, now deceased. These books are essentially ‘free’ but anyone wanting any is asked to cover the costs of postage and packing, if any. They may also wish to make a small contribution to BSHM funds. We would like this exercise to be complete by the end of July – after which the remaining books will have to go for disposal. If you intend to react, please do so sooner rather than later!
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RIP Graham Flegg

Your Council announces, with deep regret, the death on 16th March 2015 of Graham Flegg, aged 90, President of BSHM 1980 to 1982. He joined the OU when it was founded in 1969 and worked there until he retired. He wrote several books, incuding: "From Geometry to Topology", "Boolean Algebra", "Numbers Through the Ages" and "Numbers: Their History and Meaning".

RIP Ivor Grattan-Guinness

Your Council announces, with deep regret, the death on 12th December of Ivor Grattan-Guinness, President of BSHM 1986-1989.
The Guardian obituary.

RIP Jackie Stedall

Former BSHM Council member and BSHM Bulletin editor Jacqueline (‘Jackie’) Stedall died on 27 September 2014.
Guardian obituary, written by Peter Neumann.

BSHM NEUMANN BOOK PRIZE 2015 - Nominations Invited

The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) is pleased to announce the biennial Neumann Prize for 2015. The prize is awarded for a book in English (including books in translation) containing historical material and aimed at a non-specialist readership and published in 2013 or later.

The prize is named in honour of Peter M. Neumann, OBE, a former President and longstanding contributor to the Society. The value of the prize is £600.

Nominations for the prize are invited from individuals and publishers. Nominations should be sent to the chair of the judging panel, Martin Perkins, at:

Publishers should send three copies of their nominated book(s) to:
Martin Perkins, Chair, BSHM Neumann Prize Panel, 5 Tower Road, Orpington, Kent BR6 0SG, United Kingdom.

The closing date for nominations is May 1st, 2015.


The 2013 winner was Jacqueline Stedall, of Oxford University, for her book The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012). The nominating committee praised the book as ‘stimulating, very well written, and very suitable for the ‘general reader’, also containing many new and perceptive remarks about how to approach the subject'. The award was made at a joint BSHM–Gresham College meeting on 31 October 2013.

Two further books received special mention: Ian Stewart’s 17 Equations that Changed the World (Profile) and Glen Van Brummelen’s Heavenly Mathematics (Princeton).

Unplanned impact of mathematics

Find out what BSHM is doing to collect examples of applications of mathematics that could not have been foreseen by the original discoverer. Featured in 'Nature' (14 July 2011)

Video and Audio recordings of BSHM / Gresham College Lectures

The Gresham College Lecture Archive contains recordings of most of the BSHM / Gresham College Lecture series and many other fascinating lectures. Links can be found on the Resources Page.

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The British Society for the History of Mathematics is registered as a company limited by guarantee, no. 3326816, and as a charity, no. 1061229. Its registered office is c/o Andrew Thurburn & Co, 38 Tamworth Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 1XU, UK.

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