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GEORGE GREEN: NOTTINGHAM'S MAGNIFICENT MATHEMATICIAN

An Exhibition at Nottingham University
Friday 12 September 2014 to Sunday 04 January 2015.
Weston Gallery Opening Hours Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm Sat/Sun 12noon - 4pm

Over 170 years after his death, mathematical techniques invented by George Green (1793-1841) are still widely used in physics and engineering.
George Green was a working man – a miller in his father’s windmill at Sneinton.
He attended school for only one year – so who could have introduced him to the complex mathematics that he used?
Unfortunately, many details about Green's life and work are unclear, since all of his papers were destroyed after his death.
Members of the University of Nottingham have been researching George Green since the early 20th century.
This exhibition draws on the George Green Collection of papers gathered by his biographers and members of the George Green Memorial Fund, and has been curated by Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University.

Lunchtime Talks

George Green and his Mill; Wednesday 1 October 1pm - 2pm,

George Green's contribution to MRI; Tuesday 21 October 1-2pm,

George Green's Mathematical Influences; Wednesday 12 November 1pm - 2pm,



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


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



2013 Undergraduate Essay Prize

The winner of the 2013 BSHM undergraduate essay prize was Stana Remus of Glasgow University, whose essay was on ‘Mathematics in Nazi Germany’.

BSHM–Gresham College Joint Meeting.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
"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.


Robert Recorde - What's the problem?

One man/woman shows touring primary schools presenting Welsh history with fun and excitement.

"In Character" is a new company based in Cardiff which provides dramatic costumed performances based on characters from Welsh history.

A one hour show based on Robert Recorde is one of the shows that can be booked by a school.

In this humorous show the pupils will assist Robert with visual and interactive mathematical problems using various methods and strategies.
As the problems are solved they will learn more about this fascinating Welshman and his incredible legacy which forms part of our everyday lives.

Each of the shows has been specifically devised to provide a fun-filled hour of learning and entertainment for children at key stage 2, where they are given opportunities to participate.

Each show is available in either Welsh or English. Further details.


Who was Thomas Bayes?
MH370 Malaysia plane: How maths helped find an earlier crash

Statisticians helped locate an Air France plane in 2011 which was missing for two years.
Could mathematical techniques inspired by an 18th Century Presbyterian minister be used to locate the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370?
BBC News Story


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).



Earliest Known Uses of Some of the Words and Symbols of Mathematics

Words         Symbols


Timeline of Computable Knowledge 20,000 BC to 2010

WolframAlpha's historical timeline for the delevopment of computable knowledge.

Some highlights:
WolframAlpha Timeline


A Brief History of Mathematics - ten 15-minute BBC radio broadcasts still available from the BBC website.
Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.
Ten fifteen minute programmes that reveal the personalities behind the calculations from Newton to the present day.
How do these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world?

01. Newton and Leibniz
The battle over the calculus.
How the great hero of British science is rather less gentlemanly than his German rival.
An astronaut and investment analyst pay homage to the enormous power of the calculus.

02. Leonard Euler
The man who calculated as other men breathe.
The mathematical omnivore without whom no history of mathematics is complete.

03. Joseph Fourier
The life and mathematics of this Napoleonic soldier.
With contributions from musician Brian Eno who loves Fourier's analysis and uses it to create sounds that have never been heard before.

04. Evariste Galois
An angry, young genius who did his best maths in prison and died in a duel, aged 20.

05. Carl Friedrich Gauss
The 19th century mathematical celebrity.
How a study of asteroids led Gauss to describe the normal distribution.
With contributions from Chairman for the Commission for Racial Equality Trevor Phillips, who believes statistics are the most powerful weapon we have for fighting prejudice.

06. The Mathematicians who helped Einstein
Seeing in four dimensions.
The pioneers who pushed mathematics into new dimensions and the strange new geometries they created.
Emeritus Professor Roger Penrose confirms that even Einstein sometimes struggled with his maths.

07. Georg Cantor
Seeing in four dimensions.
The troubled life of this radical mathematician who shocked his colleagues by proving there's more than one infinity.
With contributions from Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Roger Penrose.

08. Henri Poincare
An embarassing error and the mathematics of chaos.
How a mistake in Poincare's working led him to an astonishing conclusion: some mathematical problems don't have a reliable solution.

09. Hardy and Ramanujan
A mathematical romance.
How a passion for prime numbers united a Cambridge professor and an unknown Indian clerk.

10. Nicolas Bourbaki
The mathematician that never was.
The life and mathematics of an elusive hero.
The collected works of Bourbaki represents one of the most ambitious enterprises in mathematical history: an attempt to unify shapes and numbers into single discipline.


PODCASTS & DOWNLOADS of all these are available from the BBC website



Minutes of the 2013 AGM

Copy of the minutes

Undergraduate Essay Prize 2013-14

The BSHM invites submissions for the 2013-14 undergraduate essay prize of £100.
Further details


Unplanned News

Peter Rowlett is the BSHM expert on "the unplanned impact of mathematics" - mathematics impacting beyond the imaginings of the originator!
After an article in Nature in 2011 by BSHM members, Peter is running a series of short follow up articles in Mathematics Today and is looking for contributors.

Here are some of the preprints:
From Entscheidungsproblem to Colossus
Theory of numbers
Green’s mathematical application to electricity, and beyond
Group Theory and Code Breaking
Bayes’ Theorem meets Cyberspace

Find out more! here
Or you can send Peter a message here
Listen to the BBC 2010 broadcast from "In Our Time": Mathematics' Unintended Consequences        
One unplanned impact of compiling this news item was finding a wealth of "In Our Time" broadcasts pertinent to the history of mathematics. More "In Our Time" Selections below  






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Everyday News from BSHM Twitter

The BSHM Twitter account is @mathshistory. https://twitter.com/mathshistory
Each day it sends the name and biography of a mathematician who was born or died on that day.
Also, occasional news about forthcoming meetings and lectures.
More than 18,800 followers!
 

History is News!

Two BSHM presidents detail the 40 year history of BSHM


Members Count

A membership news update



On the Meetings Horizon

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




In Our Time - A Selection from the Popular BBC Series

Listen to some of these broadcasts!     BSHM members have participated in many of these!     Read more about Unplanned Impact  

Ada Lovelace         Archimedes         Chaos Theory         Cryptography         Fermat's Last Theorem         Game Theory         Godel's Incompleteness Theorems         History and Understanding the Past         History of History         History's relevance         Imaginary Numbers         Indian Mathematics         Infinity         Inspiration and Genius         The Library of Alexandria         Mathematics         Mathematics and Music         Mathematics' Unintended Consequences         Maths and Storytelling         The Measurement of Time         The Measurement Problem in Physics          Negative Numbers         Pi         The Poincaré Conjecture         Prime Numbers         Probability         Ptolemy and Ancient Astronomy         Pythagoras         Random and Pseudorandom         Relativity         Renaissance Maths         Science in the 20th century         Science's Revelations         Symmetry         The Age of the Universe         The Calculus         The Calendar         The Fibonacci Sequence         The Laws of Motion         The Multiverse         The Music of the Spheres         The Physics of Time         The Royal Society         The Scientific Method         The Scientist         The Second Law of Thermodynamics         The Speed of Light         The Universe's Origins         The Universe's Shape         Theories of Everything         Time        



























































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