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

OU   History of Statistics   Christmas14   RiP   HoS   Washington DC  


Classic Open University Videos on the History of Mathematics
A Joint Meeting of the OU and the BSHM
11 am, Saturday 11th October, OU Centre, Harbourne, Birmingham.
A daytime meeting with Robin Wilson.
The meeting will focus on the showing of five short half hour videos that formed part of the OU History of Mathematics course MA 290.
Not only are these 25-year-old videos intrinsically interesting and very well made but also, for older OU mathematics students, somewhat nostalgic.
They will appeal to a wide audience. A mixture of very interesting information and occasional amusement can be guaranteed.
Each video will be preceded by a short commentary given by Robin Wilson, President of BSHM and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the OU.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Booking and Timetable 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 via the Gresham website Book your ticket here.


BSHM Annual Christmas Meeting
10:00 Saturday 6th December 2014.
Guest Speaker: Professor Lisa Jardine, CBE (University College, London)
'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.
Non members welcome, reduced fee for members.
Pre-registration will be needed and a charge payable by attendees. (Includes coffee and buffet style lunch).
Latest provisional programme.
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.


‘Histories of Symmetry’, Birkbeck College, London, Saturday 23rd May
This is a new initiative for BSHM to try a spring meeting in London.
The topic will be symmetry. Speakers include Sarah Hart and Norman Biggs.
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

Longitude   ww1   BSF   Gray   Fermat   ST   Newton   Euler   Reader   Fourier   Mobius   Cantor   Leibniz  



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.





Mathematics and the First World War
Saturday 6 September 2014; 10.30am to 5.30pm
London Mathematical Society, De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HS
To register contact Elizabeth Fisher (lmsmeetings@lms.ac.uk) by Monday 1st September.

British Science Festival
6th to 11th September 2014; Birmingham University.
There will be a BSHM led History of Maths Session, which is in the process of design and is currently proposed for Saturday 6th September. Further details shortly.


Valediction to Jeremy Gray
A two day meeting to mark Jeremy Gray’s retirement from the Open University and to celebrate his many achievements.
Thursday 11 September – Friday 12 September 2014.
Mercure Parkside House, Newport Road, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes MK6 3LR
There is no charge for the meeting but places are limited so registration is essential.
Registration, which is via the conference website, closes on 20 August.
If the meeting is over-subscribed, preference will be given to younger scholars.
Summary Programme         Detailed Programme




Fermat's Theorems
1pm, 16th September 2014; Gresham College, Museum of London.
Professor Raymond Flood.
The seventeenth century mathematician Pierre de Fermat is mainly remembered for contributions to number theory even though he often stated his results without proof and published very little. He is particularly remembered for his ‘last theorem’ which was only proved in the mid-1990s by Andrew Wiles. He also stated other influential results, in particular Fermat’s ‘Little Theorem’ about certain large numbers which can be divided by primes. His ‘Little Theorem’ is the basis of important recent work in cryptography and internet security.


Student Teacher Lecture
"Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story – using ‘History of Mathematics’ in the classroom”
4.00pm Thursday 25th September 2014; Room C5.1, Ellen Wilkinson Building, School of Education at Manchester University.
Richard Simpson (Council Secretary of the BSHM)
This talk will focus on aspects of using mathematical history to enhance teaching in the classroom. Some topics work better than others and using examples from his own teaching experience the author will explore why this can be so.

Newton's Laws
1pm, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 ; Gresham College, Museum of London.
Professor Raymond Flood.
In his Principia, Isaac Newton used his law of universal gravitation and three laws of motion to explain elliptical planetary motion, the orbits of comets, the variation of the tides and the flattening of the earth at its poles. Further important work on celestial mechanics was undertaken by Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Pierre-Simon Laplace and Henri Poincaré. It was Poincaré who discovered that even with Newton’s deterministic laws the resulting motion may be irregular and unpredictable, the basis of modern day chaos theory.


Euler's Exponentials
1pm, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 ; Gresham College, Museum of London.
Professor Raymond Flood.
Leonhard Euler was the most prolific mathematician of all time. He introduced the symbols e for the exponential number, \( f \) for a function and \(i\) for \( \sqrt{-1} \). He discovered what many mathematicians consider to be the most beautiful expression in mathematics, \( e^{ix} = \cos x + i \sin x \): a relation connecting the exponential and trigonometric functions. The exponential function and its inverse the logarithm function appear throughout mathematics and its applications, in physics, engineering, mathematical biology, chemistry and economics.


Mathematical Readers
December 18-19, 2014 ; Two-day workshop, All Souls College, Oxford.
Investigating how mathematical writing was consumed – read, used, responded to, and otherwise engaged with – in the early modern period. Proposals deadline is September 1, 2014.


Fourier's Series
1pm, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 ; Gresham College, Museum of London.
Professor Raymond Flood.
Joseph Fourier was interested in the mathematical study of the diffusion of heat in solid bodies which he described using infinite trigonometric series which are now known as Fourier series. These series had major applications in many other types of physical problems and led to many of the most important mathematical discoveries of the nineteenth century. Fourier series are used not only in engineering, geology and astronomy but also in number theory, control theory and statistics.


Möbius and his Band
1pm, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 ; Gresham College, Museum of London.
Professor Raymond Flood.
Many people have heard of the Möbius band, a one-sided surface, but the work of August Möbius was more far reaching than just inventing a topological curiosity. His work in geometry, celestial mechanics and topology, sometimes called rubber sheet geometry, illuminates the mathematical and astronomical life of the nineteenth century. Möbius’s concerns, concepts and the methods he helped to develop played an important part in twentieth century mathematics.


Cantor's Infinities
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.

Leibniz Conference
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).


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Other Overseas Meetings

Tokyo   China   Wabash   OBIDOS  


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


Third International Conference on the History and Education of Modern Mathematics
20~25 September 2014, Hangzhou, CHINA
Organized by Zhejiang University of Science and Technology,Hangzhou.
Department of Mathematics, Northwest University, Xi’an.
In Association with REHSEIS (SPHERE), CNRS
University Paris Diderot
Dept of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University
Chinese Society for the History of Mathematics



13th Midwest History of Mathematics Conference
October 10-11, 2014, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA.



7th Portuguese-Brazilian Meeting on the History of Mathematics
15-19 OCTOBER 2014, ÓBIDOS, Portugal.



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

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

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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