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.
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.
Geometry from Euclid to Einstein
A weekend meeting organised jointly by the Department for Continuing Education, Oxford University, and the British Society for the History of Mathematics.
This meeting offers a publicly-accessible account of the development of Geometry over the past two and a half thousand years and involves a series of talks by a variety of well-known speakers.
Rewley House 1 Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JA,
Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 June 2013.
From £100.00 book early with Rewley House to avoid disappointment!
John Wallis and the Parallel Postulate
On 11 July 1663 John Wallis, Savilian professor of Geometry, gave an important lecture in Oxford on Euclid’s parallel postulate – the first significant European contribution to the subject, and one that was to play a significant role in the eventual discovery of non-Euclidean geometry.
To commemorate the 350th anniversary of this lecture, the British Society for the History of Mathematics will hold a short meeting, in conjunction with Oxford University’s Mathematical Institute.
The principal speaker is Prof. Jeremy Gray (Open University) who will talk about Wallis’s 1663 lecture. His presentation will be preceded by two short talks by Drs.Benjamin Wardhaugh and Philip Beeley (University of Oxford) on John Wallis and his time in Oxford.
3.00. Dr. Benjamin Wardhaugh
Mathematics at Oxford in the 17th Century
3.20. Dr. Philip Beeley
John Wallis, Savilian Professor of Geometry 1649–1703
3.45. Prof. Jeremy Gray
John Wallis’s Lecture on the Parallel Postulate (end: 4.45)
The meeting is free and open to all – no reservations are required, and students are particularly welcome.
The lectures will be followed by a short reception to which all are invited.
Thursday 11th July 2013 from 3.00 to 5.00 pm. Mathematical Institute, 24-29 St Giles, Oxford.
A History of Computing in Three Parts
(Details will be on the Gresham website in due course.)
A late afternoon meeting which will feature three talks on the history of computing, including this year's annual Gresham-BSHM Joint lecture, given by Doron Swade.
Gresham College, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH.
Thursday 31st October 2013,
No charge, but pre-registration with Gresham College will be required.
The lectures will be from 4.00 to 4.40, 4.45 to 5.30, and the main BSHM-Gresham lecture (by Doron Swade) from 6.00 to 7.00.
The ‘Rhenish wine and mackaroons’ reception will take place from 5.30 to 6.00.
The AGM will be in the Council room downstairs from 3.15-3.45.
BSHM Christmas Meeting
Following on from the success of our 2012 Christmas meeting, 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 7th December More details in due course.
NHSTEMM-iCHSTM2013 The International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine takes place every four years. The 24th Congress will take place on 22nd-28th July in Manchester.
Nineteenth Century Numbers British Association for Victorian Studies Annual Conference 2013. 29th-31st August, Royal Holloway, University of London. Themes will include: Mathematics; statistics; geometry; time and technology; timetables and navigation; mass mobility; computation.
History of Combinatorics. 6pm on Thursday 10th October at Gresham College. Robin Wilson will be be launching his forthcoming book on the History of Combinatorics. Entry is free, no tickets are required, and there will be a reception afterwards.
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.
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 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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