Events

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

Forthcoming BSHM meetings

BCME   NWIMA   CC   Belfast   Clay   History of Statistics   Christmas14   RiP   Washington DC  

Sessions at BCME8
Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th April 2014.
There will be BSHM joint “History of Mathematics” sessions on these two days within the British Congress of Mathematics Education’s “Building Bridges - Making Connections” (14th to 17th April) at the University of Nottingham.
Sessions relevant to the History of Mathematics.       A4 Flyer       A5 Flyer

Communication from James Nicholson, Chair of BCME8 organising committee. 23/01/2014


Joint BSHM & NW IMA meeting
Tuesday 13th May 2014, at 7.30 pm. The John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, M1 5GD.
A talk by Robin Wilson, "Euler: 300 years on".
A joint meeting of the BSHM and the North West IMA branch.
IMA North West Branch      


Counting and Calculation - a journey through practical mathematics
Summer Weekend, Rewley House, Oxford.
Saturday 21-22 June 2014.
Our annual joint weekend with the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education (OUDCE).

Mathematics arose from calculation, and this weekend school brings together a noted group of eminent mathematicians to discuss mathematics in relation to fiercely practical problems.

Our speakers will attempt to explain the history and the beauty of this sort of mathematics and some of the concepts that arose from it; and each of our speakers is well-known for their ability to convey sophisticated ideas to a general audience (several are well-known authors of popular books in mathematics).

As always in our BSHM-OUDCE weekends, we aim to offer talks which should be accessible to most people, talks which surprise, contain information you might not perhaps expect, and (importantly) talks which have something for everyone, from the professional mathematician, right through to the intelligent individual with perhaps little mathematical background.

We are offering a rich programme which even includes a trip to the Oxford Museum for the History of Science and an entertaining evening talk on a mathematical constant known to all.

Booking is already open. Booking and progrmme details.


Famous physicists and mathematicians from Belfast
One day event at Queen's University Belfast
9am Wednesday, 25th June 2014.
Joint meeting with the Institute of Physics.
Meeting details (includes possible accommodation and ‘things to do’ in Belfast).
Although this is a free event, registration is required.
Please contact Mark McCartney or Andrew Whitaker for further details.


Non-Western Mathematics
Mathematical Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Oxford.
Friday, 27th June 2014, 10:30 to 17:30 followed by a reception.
History of Mathematics Seminar in the morning (10:30) and Lectures in the afternoon (14:00). Reception (17:30)

This joint meeting with the Mathematical Institute is free and open to all, and is supported by the Clay Mathematics Institute.
Flyer with meeting details




BSHM–Gresham College Joint Meeting.
"History of Statistics"
4 pm at Barnard’s Inn Hall, Thursday, 30th October 2014.

The afternoon programme will explore the History of Statistics from various novel standpoints.
Professor McDonald will discuss Florence Nightingale and her Crimean War Statistics: Lessons for hospital safety, public administration and nursing.
Professor Bailey will then consider Some history of Latin squares in experiments.
There will be a Reception at 5.30pm, after which Dr Eileen Magnello will present the annual Gresham-BSHM lecture, on Karl Pearson’s Gresham Lectures on Geometry (1890-1894).
Ends at 7pm

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
(The facility to request a ticket will be available in due course on the Gresham website. http://www.gresham.ac.uk).


BSHM Annual Christmas Meeting
***** Guest Speaker: Professor Lisa Jardine, CBE *****
'MORE LIVES THAN A CAT’: PUTTING WOMEN’S ACHIEVEMENTS BACK INTO THE RECENT HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS
Abstract: The title of this lecture is taken from Marie Curie’s close mathematician friend Hertha Ayrton's remark — when the two women’s important work was consistently credited to their husbands — that ‘An error that ascribes to a man what was actually the work of a woman has more lives than a cat’. Can we do better today? Might the visibility of women help overcome that annoying casual admission to mathematical illiteracy (‘I never could do sums’) that continues to dog maths’s fortunes in Britain?

A daytime meeting with a mixture of invited speakers and members' talks.
The Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS.
Within easy walking distance of Birmingham's New Street Station.
Saturday 6th December 2014.
Non members welcome, reduced fee for members.
Pre-registration will be needed and a charge payable by attendees. (Includes coffee and buffet style lunch).
More details in due course.
How to get there.


Research in Progress
Our annual meeting for research students in the history of mathematics to speak about their work.
The Queen's College, Oxford OX1 4AW, Saturday 21 February 2015, 10:30 for 11am to 5pm.
The keynote guest speaker is Professor Adrian Rice , (Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, USA)
More details in due course.


BSHM/CSHPM Joint Meeting in North America 2015
Washington, DC, USA, 5th-8th August 2015.
More details in due course.

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Other UK Meetings

BCME8   BMI   Greek   Longitude  



BSHM is not directly involved in these and any questions should be addressed directly to the organisers.
Please notify klbshm@virginmedia.com if you learn of any more relevant forthcoming events.

Public Lecture - The Magic of Martin Gardner
Monday 7th April 2014, 18:30-19:30
As part of the 2014 British Mathematical Colloquium, join Professor Persi Diaconis, mathematician and former professional magician to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Martin Gardner, with a lecture on the life, work and magic of this famous populariser of mathematics and science.
Great Hall, the People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS.
The access to this event is by ticket only, and members of public can register for free tickets here.

BCME8
14 to 17 April 2014: The East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham.
British Congress of Mathematics Education with the theme "Building Bridges - Making Connections"
BCME occurs once every four years and is the largest mathematics or mathematics education conference which takes place in the UK; it attracts delegates from all sectors, bringing together teachers from early years to higher education, researchers, teacher educators, CPD providers, advisers, consultants, policy makers, examiners and professional and academic mathematicians. It replaces the annual conferences of a number of associations, including the Mathematical Association and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.
Sessions relevant to the History of Mathematics.       A4 Flyer       A5 Flyer



Themes in the History of Mathematics
A course of six talks exploring the origin and development of mathematics over time will be given by Richard Simpson.
The venue is The Birmingham & Midland Institute at 11am on consecutive Fridays from 7th February to 14th March 2014.
Full details should appear at in due course.
Topics for the six talks now appear in the Events Programme (pages 9 and 10).



Revolutions and Continuity in Greek Mathematics: Conference Announcement & Call for Papers
International Conference hosted by: Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College, London: 10-11 May 2014.
Proposals for papers (abstracts) welcomed from academics working in this field.
The organizers are particularly keen to receive proposals from PhD students and early career researchers.
A short abstract (max. 300 words) and a CV should be sent to the following email address: m.sialaros@bbk.ac.uk by Friday, 20th of December, 2013.
Booking form



Longitudes Examined: Tercentenary Conference on the History of the Board of Longitude and the Determination of Longitude at Sea
Friday 25–Saturday 26 July 2014 Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Booking form



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Other Overseas Meetings

LAF   PASHOM04   SMURCHOM   CSHPM   NEXUS   Wiener   HOPOS   ESU-7   Bolzano   EULER   IC   Tokyo  

Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes
March 15–June 8, 2014 , Boone Gallery, The Huntington Art Collections, San Marino, California.
An exhibition on the mysterious “Archimedes Palimpsest,” revealing text from the ancient world discovered through conservation and imaging, on tour from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

In 10th-century Constantinople (present day Istanbul), an anonymous scribe copied Archimedes' treatises in the original Greek onto parchment. In the 13th century, a monk erased the Archimedes text, cut the pages along the center fold, rotated the leaves 90 degrees and folded them in half. The parchment was then recycled, together with the parchment of other books, to create a Greek Orthodox prayer book. This process of reuse is called palimpsesting; the result of the process is a palimpsest.
The manuscript demonstrates that Archimedes discovered the mathematics of infinity, mathematical physics, and combinatorics—a branch of mathematics used in modern computing.


The Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHOM)
Thursday April 24, 2014.
Meets monthly during the academic year at Villanova University.
Starts at 6:00 p.m. for a light meal, conversation and a presentation.
Further details to be announced.


SMURCHOM VII :Smoky Mountain Undergraduate Research Conference on the History of Mathematics
9 am to 5 pm, Saturday April 26, 2014
North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cullowhee, NC, USA.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Caroline Ehrhardt (Universite Paris 8)


The CSHPM 2014 Annual Meeting will be held with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario.
25th to 27th May 2014
In celebration of the 400th birthday of logarithms, "Early Scientific Computing" will be the special session topic at the meeting.



Nexus 2014: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics. 9-12 June 2014
The 10th international, interdisciplinary Nexus conference for architecture and mathematics.
Hosted by: Department of Architecture of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
The conference is expected to include much on the history of mathematics and architecture.


IEEE 2014 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century
24-26 June 2014, Boston MA, USA
Norbert Wiener (November 26, 1894 – March 18, 1964) was an American mathematician and philosopher. He was Professor of Mathematics at MIT.



HOPOS 2014
HOPOS, The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science
CALL FOR PAPERS
The program committee for HOPOS 2014 invites scholars to submit paper and symposium proposals for its tenth meeting, which will be held in Ghent,Belgium July 3-6, 2014
DEADLINE for submissions: November 1, 2013 (with decisions by December 15, 2013)



ESU-7
July 14-18, 2014: Denmark.
7 th EUROPEAN SUMMER UNIVERSITY ON THE HISTORY AND EPISTEMOLOGY IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
Abstract deadline is Oct. 31, 2013.
Aarhus University, Campus Emdrup, COPENHAGEN, Denmark
Download the First Announcement


Bolzano in Prague 2014
July 16-19, 2014: Villa Lanna, Prague, Czech Republic.
An International Symposium on the Life and Work of Bernard Bolzano.
Bolzano made outstanding contributions especially to logic, philosophy and mathematics, but also to a wide range of other topics such as physics, aesthetics, politics, ethics and theology.
See the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philisophy entry for Bolzano.
The meeting offers a broad range of ways of contributing.
The organisers anticipate contributions from many of the leading Bolzano scholars and encourage participation from interested research students (including masters students).


Euler Society Annual Conference
The 2014 meeting of the Euler Society will be held at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, from July 21-23, 2014.
This conference examines the work of Leonhard Euler and 18th century science, from mathematical, scientific, and historical perspectives.
Proposals in this area are especially encouraged, though topics in other areas are welcome as long as they connect significantly with Euler's life and work.
Interested parties are invited to submit proposals and abstracts by May 30; the general registration deadline is June 13.



SEOUL ICM 2014
August 13 to 21, 2014. Seoul, Korea.
The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is the largest international congress in the mathematics community. It is held once every four years under the auspices of the International Mathematical Union (IMU).

The Fields Medals, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Gauss Prize, and the Chern Medal are awarded during the opening ceremony on the first day of the congress.

In the History of Mathematics Section, three invited speakers are listed:

  1. Han Qi, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
  2. Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze, University of Agder, Norway.
  3. Dominique Tournes, University of La Reunion, France.



Takebe 2014
The 2014 Takebe Conference on Traditional Mathematics of East Asia and Related Topics.
August 25-30, 2014, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan.
The meeting will examine recent trends and achievement in the history of traditional mathematics in East Asia.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  1. Mathematics of the "Seki school" especially of Takebe Katahiro
  2. Traditional mathematics in East Asia, (China, Japan, Korea, etc.)
  3. Traditional mathematics vs. Western mathematics in East Asia


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.

Recent BSHM meetings

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

Autumn Meeting and AGM, London, 8 October 2011 Twitter #BSHM2011

Fifth Joint CSHPM / BSHM Meeting, Trinity College, Dublin, 15-17 July 2011 Twitter #JCHPM

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 2007

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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