The following article, outlining the 40-year history of the British Society for the History of Mathematics was written for the European Mathematical Society's Newsletter by Professors Robin Wilson, current BSHM President, and Raymond Flood, a former BSHM President and Treasurer.     The British Society for the History of Mathematics - Robin Wilson and Raymond Flood .


The British Society for the History of Mathematics exists to promote research into the history of mathematics and its use at all levels of mathematics education.

The Society's Bulletin is published by Taylor and Francis, and carries a wide range of articles and reviews of interest to the history of mathematics community.

This link provides information about how to join the Society; this site also contains information about the Society and its history, its current activities, and various resources on the history of mathematics.

BSHM NEUMANN PRIZE 2013

The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) has announced the winner of the 2013 Neumann Prize. This prize, named after Oxford mathematician and past BSHM President Dr Peter Neumann, OBE, is awarded every two years for the best mathematics book containing historical material and aimed at a non-specialist readership.

The 2013 winner is Jacqueline Stedall, of Oxford University, for her book The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012). The nominating committee praised the book as ‘stimulating, very well written, and very suitable for the ‘general reader’, also containing many new and perceptive remarks about how to approach the subject'. The award was made at a joint BSHM–Gresham College meeting on 31 October.

Two further books received special mention: Ian Stewart’s 17 Equations that Changed the World (Profile) and Glen Van Brummelen’s Heavenly Mathematics (Princeton).

BSHM Undergraduate Essay Prize

Click here for information about the BSHM Undergraduate Essay Prize for 2013-14. The closing date is 1 May 2014.

The winner of the 2012-13 prize was Ryan Stanley from the University of Exeter.

Unplanned impact of mathematics

Find out what BSHM is doing to collect examples of applications of mathematics that could not have been foreseen by the original discoverer. Featured in 'Nature' (14 July 2011)

Video and Audio recordings of BSHM / Gresham College Lectures

The Gresham College Lecture Archive contains recordings of most of the BSHM / Gresham College Lecture series and many other fascinating lectures. Links can be found on the Resources Page.


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The British Society for the History of Mathematics is registered as a company limited by guarantee, no. 3326816, and as a charity, no. 1061229. Its registered office is c/o Andrew Thurburn & Co, 38 Tamworth Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 1XU, UK.

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