Forthcoming events are listed below, as well as recent ones. Enquiries about meetings should be addressed to the named organiser of the meeting. Due to limitations on numbers at some events it is essential that bookings for meetings be received by the stated deadline: it should not be assumed that extra places will be available either after the deadline or on the day. If in any doubt, contact the organiser of the meeting. The Society has made available a limited fund to subsidise student attendance at BSHM organised or co-organised conferences. Requests for support under this initiative should be made initially to the conference organiser.
The Society also maintains a list of other meetings which are not associated with the BSHM, but which may nonetheless be of interest to members.
Other UK meetings Other Overseas meetings
A list of recent BSHM meetings, with details may be of interest.
A list of the Society's events from 1992 to 2007 is available in our archive pages, as well as a list of talks given at those meetings.
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) maintains a calendar of events involving the history of mathematics. MAA Convergence Calendar
The Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) maintains a calendar of international history and philosophy of mathematics events. CSHPM Calendar
‘Symmetry in Mathematics and Art’, Room A17, Mathematical Sciences Building, University of Nottingham, 7:30 pm, Tuesday 24th March 2015
Sarah Hart will be giving this talk at a joint meeting of the BSHM with the IMA East Midlands Branch.
Abstract: In art, design and architecture, objects that we find beautiful are often highly symmetrical. In this talk we will look at how mathematicians study symmetry, and see examples of the resulting interplay between mathematics and art.
Poster with meeting details
The Life and Work of Augustus De Morgan.
Saturday, 9 May 2015. 10.30–5.30.
The London Mathematical Society, De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS.
There will be a joint celebration with the London Mathematical Society (celebrating its 150th aniversary) of the life and work of its first president, Augustus De Morgan.
‘Symmetry and Groups’, Birkbeck College, London, Saturday 23rd May
We are adding a spring meeting at Birkbeck to the BSHM calendar.
The first of these will be a one-day BSHM conference on the history of symmetry and groups, supported by the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics at Birkbeck.
The aim of the day is to look at the history of symmetry and its study through group theory.
Registration will be £5 for students, £10 for BSHM members and Birkbeck staff, and £20 for non-members.
To register, please fill in this form
Note: you can pay more than one registration at a time via paypal or cheque, but please fill in a separate registration form for each person.
To complete registration you will need to pay the appropriate registration fee. This can be done at the bottom of the BSHM Payments page or by sending a cheque for the appropriate amount, payable to BSHM, to:
Sarah Hart, Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX.
This will include tea and coffee but not lunch, as we wanted to keep the registration fee to a minimum. There are numerous places to eat within easy walking distance of Birkbeck.
Preliminary timetable Latest details from Sarah Hart. More details in due course.
BSHM/CSHPM Joint Meeting in North America 2015
Washington, DC, USA, 5th-8th August 2015.
Call for Papers to be presented at this joint meeting.
Abstracts (250 words or less) should be submitted by the revised deadline of 1 March 2015 ,
Some financial support for BSHM participants may be considered. See Explanatary Notes.
LMS/BSHM weekend meeting in Birmingham (11-13 September 2015)
This meeting forms part of the LMS 150th anniversary celebrations. There will be a BSHM plenary lecture.
More details in due course
A Celebration of the Bicentenery of Ada Lovelace
Gresham College, London, Thursday 29th October 2015.
Principal speaker: Ursula Martin, Professor of Computer Science at Oxford.
(There will be an exhibition on the work of Ada Lovelace at the Bodleian Library from 28 October - 20 December, and a symposium on 9-10 December.)
More details in due course.
Christmas Meeting, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Saturday 5th December 2015
As ever, the Christmas meeting will be an enjoyable mixture including talks by members and a guest speaker.
BSHM are inviting offers of papers which will normally be 40 minutes including questions, although shorter slots can be accomodated. Any topic concerning histories of mathematics will be considered. Please submit an abstract of up to 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by Apr 17th. The selection will be made at the Council meeting at the end of that month. The BSHM is a friendly Society so please be encouraged to take part.
ALL SHAPES AND SIZES - Celebrating the design and draughtsmanship skills of quilters through the ages
24th January to 9th May 2015, Great Hall, Quilt Museum and Gallery,York, England YO1 7PW
The Quilt Museum and Gallery is celebrating the design and draughtsmanship skills of quilters through the ages as its first main exhibition for 2015.
All Shapes and Sizes is a stunning collection of quilts that reveal complex, geometric designs that are pieced to perfection.
The exhibition showcases a fascinating and varied selection of items from The Quilters’ Guild Collection including The Billings Coverlet (1805-1810) - a Tour de Force of geometry with each of its fifteen frames executed precisely and displaying very small and difficult piecing.
Equally impressive is the Concentric Row Hexagon Top (1880-89) which incorporates over 2000 hexagons and is real testament to the patience, fortitude and needlework skills of yesterday’s quiltmakers.
Quilt Historian and teacher Celia Eddy will be leading two practical workshops entitled ‘Patchwork and the Spirit of Geometry’ on the 20th March and repeated on the 21 March at the Quilt Museum and Gallery.
"Voltaire and the Newtonian Revolution" One-Day Conference
Saturday, February 28, 2015 10.30 am - 5.30 pm St Cross College, University of Oxford
Confirmed speakers include:
1pm, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 ; Gresham College, Museum of London.
Professor Raymond Flood.
Although many people contributed to the study of infinity over the centuries it was Georg Cantor in the nineteenth century who established its modern development. Cantor created modern set theory and established the importance of one-to-one correspondence between sets. For example he showed that the set of all integers can be put into one-to-one correspondence with the set of all fractions and so these two sets have the same infinity. But he also proved the remarkable result that there are infinitely many infinities, all of different sizes.
History of Mathematics sessions at the 4th Joint British Mathematical Colloquium & British Applied Mathematics Colloquium
30th March – 2nd April 1915, Cambridge
A Joint Meeting of the British Mathematical Colloquium (BMC) and the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (BAMC) will be held at the University of Cambridge from 11:00 on Monday 30th March 2015 to 13:00 on Thursday 2nd April 2015.
Details of the programme, registration, etc., can be found here.
The meeting will include two contributory history of mathematics sessions, one on Tuesday 31st March and one on Wednesday 1st April. If you would like to be considered for one of the these sessions, please submit your abstract by visiting.
The deadline for abstract submission is 7th February 2015.
If you have any questions about the history of mathematics sessions, please contact June.Barrow-Green@open.ac.uk
A History of Mathematics from Euclid to Weiss.
Wednesday 15 April to Wednesday 17 June 2015.
Ten weekly meeings, 7.00-9.00pm on Wednesday evenings at University of Reading, London Road Campus.
Course organised by University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education.
Dr Vasos Pavlika covers some of the key developments, moments, and personalities in the creation of mathematics over the last two thousand years.
Exhibition of LMS Members' Correspondence from the Archives of the Royal Society
Between May and July in 2015 the LMS, in collaboration with the Royal Society, will be exhibiting certain historic correspondences relating to LMS members. These will be available for viewing in the display cases of the Royal Society and are designed to highlight the fascinating history and achievements of eminent LMS members over the last 150 years.
2015 Thomas Harriot Lecture
The 2015 Thomas Harriot Lecture will take place at 5pm on Thursday 28 May 2015 in the Champneys Room, Oriel College, Oxford.
The lecturer will be Dr Stephen Clucas, Reader in early Modern Intellectual History at Birkbeck College.
This year's lecture lecture will celebrate 25 years of a series inaugurated by Professor David Quinn in 1990. Dr Clucas's title will be:
"Thomas Harriot in the Twenty-First Century: 25 years of the Harriot Lecture"
The lecture will be followed at 6pm by an informal drinks reception in the Champneys Room.
For further information, please contact Professor Robert Fox (email@example.com)
(Note: for BSHM members: Thomas Harriot was, of course, an interest of recently deceased Jacqueline Stedall, and Dr Clucas will no doubt mention her work).
Jackie Stedall talks about Thomas Harriot
The manuscripts of Thomas Harriot (1560–1621)
The Greate Invention of Algebra Thomas Harriot's Treatise on equations by Jacqueline A. Stedall
This is a work of evident love and outstanding scholarship and I am sure it will do a great deal to advance the reputation of Thomas Harriot. It will, I believe, be acclaimed by academic historians and will become a seminal text for future research. (The Mathematical Gazette)
Stedall is an author to watch ... this is a book that should be in any library that tries to have a complete set of historical source material. (MAA Online)
There will be a conference, 1-3 July 2015, on G.W. Leibniz, featuring amongst other, his contributions to mathematics (calculus, fractals, binary numbers, formal logic).
It will be held at University at Lampeter St. Davids (in Wales).
The 2015 Joint AMS-EMS-SPM International Meeting
From Wednesday 10th June to Saturday 13th June 2015
Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto and Seminário de Vilar, Porto, Portugal.
Includes sessions on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics
13th International Congress on Mathematical Education
From Sunday 24th July 2016 to Sunday 31st July 2016
University of Hamburg, Germany.
Includes sessions on:
Lectures at Gresham College & the Museum of London
In addition to the annual autumn BSHM meetings held jointly with Gresham College, there are lectures relating to the history of mathematics in Gresham College's regular programme, given by BSHM past presidents, Raymond Flood & Tony Mann. No booking is required; the lectures are free and are run on a 'first come, first served' basis.
Research in Progress 2015, Oxford, 21 February 2015.
"BSHM Annual Christmas Meeting" A daytime meeting with a mixture of invited speakers and members' talks. 10:00 Saturday 6th December 2014. The Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS
"The history of mathematics in 300 stamps." A BSHM Public Lecture by Robin Wilson to launch a new Portuguese/UK postage stamp website. 2:30 pm at the Andrew Wiles building, Oxford, 21th November 2014
BSHM–Gresham College Joint Meeting. "History of Statistics" 4 pm at Barnard’s Inn Hall, Thursday, 30th October 2014.
Classic Open University Videos on the History of Mathematics OU West Midlands Regional Centre, Birmingham. Saturday 11am 11th October 2014.
Non-Western Mathematics One day event at Mathematical Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Oxford. 27th June 2014.
Famous physicists and mathematicians from Belfast One day event at Queen's University Belfast. 9am Wednesday, 25th June 2014.
Counting and Calculation Summer Weekend, Rewley House, Oxford. Sat 21 June/ Sun 22 June 2014.
Euler 300 A joint meeting of the BSHM and the North West IMA branch. A talk by Robin Wilson, "Euler: 300 years on"., Manchester Metropolitan University, Tuesday 13th May 2014.
NAPIER 400 A Joint Meeting of the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation and the British Society for the History of Mathematics in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the publication of John Napier’s Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis Descriptio., Edinburgh, Friday 4th April 2014.
Brass for Brain A talk by Raymond Flood on Lord Kelvin and tide prediction, Nottingham, Wednesday 19th March 2014.
Research in Progress 2014, Oxford, 22 February 2014.
BSHM Christmas Meeting (also Robin Wilson's 70th Birthday!) A ‘History of Mathematics’Day. - An eclectic mix of interesting historical issues , Saturday 7th December. 2013.
Novembertagung on the History of Mathematics (London, 20th–22nd November 2013). Part sponsorship from BSHM.
A Chance Encounter A talk by Richard Simpson about 17th century mathematics. Manchester, Tuesday 12th November 2013.
Autumn Meeting / Gresham College Lecture,A History of Computing in Three Parts, London, 31 October 2013.
John Wallis and the Parallel Postulate A meeting at Oxford to commemerate the 350th anniversary of John Wallis's lecture on Euclid's parallel postulate. 11 July 2013.
Geometry from Euclid to Einstein A weekend meeting organised jointly by the Department for Continuing Education, Oxford University, and the BSHM. Oxford, 22/23 June 2013
A one day meeting exploring CL Dodgsons interests in and contributions to mathematics. Jointly organised by The British Society for the History of Mathematics and The Lewis Carroll Society in association with The Birmingham and Midland Institute. Birmingham, 18 May 2013
The Tercentenary Celebration of Jacob Bernoulli's "Ars Conjectandi" or "the Art of Conjecturing" Joint meeting with The Royal Statistical Society, London, 26 April 2013
Research in Progress 2013, Oxford, 2 March 2013
Christmas Meeting, Birmingham, 8 December 2012
Lewis Carroll in Numberland (joint meeting with the Institute of Mathematics & its Applications East Midlands Branch), Derby, 13 November 2012
Autumn Meeting / Gresham College Lecture, London, 31 October 2012
For the Recorde: An evaluation of the life and works of Robert Recorde (joint meeting with Tenby Museum and Art Gallery), Tenby, 19th October 2012
History of Mathematics I: From Earliest Times to Isaac Newton, Leeds, 6 October 2012 No charge is made to attend meetings; non-IMA members are welcome.
Mathematicians and their gods, Rewley House, Oxford, 15-16 September 2012
Turing's Worlds, Alan Turing Centenary Meeting, Rewley House, Oxford, 23rd-24th June 2012
A 50th anniversary commemoration of R.A. Fisher, Royal Statistical Society, London, 7 June 2012Â
Research in Progress, Oxford, 3 March 2012
BSHM / Gresham College Joint Lecture, London, 3 November 2011
Joint talk with IMA East Midlands branch, Leicester, 15 November 2011
Early Mathematics (joint meeting with Gresham College), London, 6 May 2011 Twitter #earlymaths
British Mathematical Colloquium History of Mathematics Splinter Session, Leicester, 20 April 2011
Joint talk with IMA East Midlands branch, Leicester, 23 March 2011
Research in Progress 2011, Oxford, 5 March 2011
BSHM / Gresham College Joint Lecture, London, 4 November 2010
Autumn Meeting 2010, Birmingham, 2 October 2010
Pi-hunting - the story of a mathematical obsession, British Science Festival, Birmingham, 15 September 2010
What does it mean to do the philosophy, history and sociology of mathematics in the 21st century?, University College, London, July 30th 2010
Schoolteachers' Meeting, London, 19 March 2010
History of mathematics in the undergraduate curriculum, Greenwich, 30 March 2010
History theme at BCME-7, Manchester, 7 April 2010
History of mathematics splinter group at Maths2010, Edinburgh, 6-9 April 2010
December Special Lecture, London, 12 December 2009
Motivations for Mathematics, The Science Museum Smith Centre, London, 21 November 2009
Annual BSHM / Gresham College Lecture, Gresham College, London, 2 November 2009
BSHM Autumn Meeting, London, 19 September 2009
Mathematics and Fiction, Oxford, 30-31 May 2009
Research in Progress, Oxford, 28 February 2009
History of Mathematics Splinter Group at the 61st British Mathematical Colloquium, Galway, 6-9 April 2009
Mathematics in View, Greenwich, 15 December 2008
Gresham College Lecture, 'Mathematics and the Medici', London, 27 November 2008
Autumn Meeting and AGM, Birmingham, 27 September 2008
BSHM at the BA Festival of Science in Liverpool, 8 September 2008
Robert Recorde, his life and times: Gregynog, Wales, 8-10 July 2008
The Mechanisation of Mathematics: Oxford, 31 May-1 June 2008
History of Financial Mathematics: London, 25 April 2008
History of Mathematics Splinter Group at British Mathematical Colloquium, York, 26 March 2008
Research in Progress: Oxford, 1 March 2008
Musical instruments and mathematical instruments, Oxford, 22 December 2007
Gresham College lecture, 'Planes and pacifism', London, 15 November 2007
BSHM Autumn Meeting, London, 22 September 2007
BSHM / CSHPM 4th Joint Meeting, Montréal, 27-29 July 2007
Euler's Mathematical Legacy, Oxford, 30 June 2007
BMC 2007 History of Mathematics Splinter Group: Swansea, 17 April 2007
Karl Pearson sesquicentenary conference: London, 23 March 2007
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