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

RiP   SIMA   AdM   HoS   Relativity   Washington DC   GC   Xmas  


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.


‘Symmetry in Mathematics and Art’, Room A17, Mathematical Sciences Building, University of Nottingham, 7:30 pm, Tuesday 24th March 2015
Sara 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    


‘Auustus de Morgan Meeting’, London, Saturday 9th May 2015
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.
More details in due course.


‘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.
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.


The Big Picture: A Celebration of 100 Years of General Relativity
Sat 20 Jun 2015. 9:45am to 5:00pm.
Rewley House 1 Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JA.

We have brought together an outstanding selection of speakers who are not only leaders in their fields but can communicate their esoteric subjects to lay audiences, and we are particularly pleased to be able to welcome Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.
Speakers: Joint meeting with Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE).
Advanced booking and payment of fee via the OUDCE website is essential. Booking facilities are now open.

BSHM/CSHPM Joint Meeting in North America 2015
Washington, DC, USA, 5th-8th August 2015.
Call for Papers from the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) to be presented at this joint meeting.
Abstracts (250 words or less) should be submitted by the deadline of 15 February 2015 ,
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.
If you would like to give a talk, please send an abstract of 200-250 words for consideration by Council to Jane Wess ( jane.a.wess@gmail.com ) by 31 March 2015.
More details in due course.


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Other UK Meetings

Reader   Fourier   quilt   Mobius   Cantor   BMC   Reading   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.

Mathematical Readers in the Early Modern World     Programme, Abstracts, Map
December 18-19, 2014 ; Two-day Research Symposium, All Souls College, Oxford.

How was mathematical writing consumed: read, used, responded to, and otherwise engaged with, in the early modern period? What was distinctive about mathematical reading, as against the reading of other kinds of technical writing, or as contrasted with the reading of more general types of prose? Were mathematical books handled or annotated in distinctive ways? Was mathematical reading associated with a distinctive set of locations? How, where and when did readers learn the (presumptively specialized) skills of mathematical reading? These questions will be the subject of this two-day workshop, to be held in All Souls College, Oxford. Investigating how mathematical writing was consumed – read, used, responded to, and otherwise engaged with – in the early modern period.

A limited number of observer places are available.
The cost will be £20, and will cover attendance at the conference sessions, with tea and coffee. Unfortunately accommodation cannot be provided for observers.
To reserve a place, or for any enquiries, please contact benjamin.wardhaugh@all-souls.ox.ac.uk
BSHM are providing some funding to support this meeting.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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

SEGUIN   AMSMAA   SERFATI2   DOUADY   Euler   Porto   ICME  

Seminar on Epistemology and History of Mathematical Ideas at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris.
December 10: 14:00
The speaker will be Philippe SEGUIN, REM-Université Paris-Diderot.
"Hilbert, la “prétendue école combinatoire“ et le formalisme".


AMS-MAA Special Session on History of Mathematics
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas 78296 USA


Seminar on Epistemology and History of Mathematical Ideas at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris.
January 21: 14:00
The speaker will be Michel Serfati, REM-Université Paris-Diderot.
"L’origine des mathématiques, selon Leibniz ".


Seminar on Epistemology and History of Mathematical Ideas at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris.
January 28: 14:00
The speaker will be Régine DOUADY, Université Paris Diderot et IREM.
"Évolution des connaissances mathématiques des élèves en milieu scolaire. Libertés et contraintes de l'enseignant et de ses élèves dans leur relation à un certain savoir à enseigner. Une étude de cas".


Arithmos L - Euler's Early Number Theory
From Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2:00 pm to Sunday, February 1, 12:30.
Union College, Schenectady, NY , USA
Readings from E26, E54 and other early papers by Leonhard Euler concerning number theory.


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.

Recent BSHM meetings

"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

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 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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