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Through September 3, 2017:  Sublime Symmetry touring exhibition, England

         This touring exhibit, “Sublime Symmetry: The Mathematics Behind William De Morgan’s Ceramic Designs”, showcases the work of William De Morgan, the celebrated Victorian Arts and Crafts designer. Over 80 magnificent works are presented, including ceramics from the De Morgan Collection and his designs on paper on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum. The pieces have all been chosen to demonstrate the mathematical concepts that are the basis for his beautiful and colorful ceramic designs. Entry to this family-friendly exhibition is either free or included within the standard admission price at each venue:

  • Mar. 6 - June 5, 2016: Towneley Hall, Burnley
  • Jun. 11 - Sep. 4, 2016: Cannon Hall, Barnsley
  • Sep. 10 - Dec. 4, 2016: Torre Abbey, Torbay
  • Dec. 10, 2016 - Mar. 4, 2017: New Walk Gallery, Leicester
  • Mar. 12 - Sep. 3, 2017: William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow.

February 22, 2017:  MAA Carriage House Distinguished Lecturer, Washington, DC

         "How George Washington Learned to be a Surveyor" is an illustrated presentation at the MAA Carriage House that will appeal to a wide audience. Fred Rickey (United States Military Academy, retired) presents a sampling of the arithmetic and geometry that the future first U.S. president studied to become a surveyor, followed by a description of how surveying was done in 17th century Virginia. Based on the first careful study of two notebooks (cyphering books) that Washington kept as a teenager and which show what Washington learned about geometry, decimal arithmetic, and surveying, Rickey describes what the surveyor did in the field and how the final plats were prepared. RSVP requested.

February 25, 2017:  Pikes Peak Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Colorado Springs, CO

          The 14th Annual Pikes Peak Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, scheduled this year at Colorado College, includes a Plenary Talk by Janet Heine Barnett (Colorado State Univ.-Pueblo), “Mission Impossible? The Quest for Algebraic Roots and the Making of Modern Group Theory”.

February 25, 2017:  BSHM Research in Progress Meeting, Oxford, England

          Presenters at this annual full-day meeting of the British Society for History of Mathematics (BSHM), to be held at Queen's College, Univ. of Oxford, will be research students in the history of mathematics and keynote speaker Jeanne Peiffer (CNRS; Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris).

February 25-26, 2017: ARITHMOS Reading Group Winter Meeting, Danbury, CT

          Readings in the History of Mathematics from Original Sources (ARITHMOS) will meet in Higgins Hall, Room 206, at Western Connecticut State Univ. to continue reading and discussing Hilbert’s Foundations of Geometry. ARITHMOS meets three to five times per year; for more information, contact Chuck Rocca.

March 1, 2017:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Garden City, NY

          Scheduled at Adelphi University. Jim Tattersall (Providence College) speaks on "Surfing the Educational Times". The Educational Times (1847-1918) was a pedagogical journal of the College of Preceptors, a London-based educational institution whose goals included educating the middle class, providing necessary benefits to educators, and qualifying teachers. The journal contained a column devoted to mathematical problems and their solutions, intended to challenge and educate its readers. A number of notable mathematicians as well as recreational mathematicians were among the contributors of the more than 18,000 problems posed.

March 3-4, 2017:  Columbia History of Science Group Annual Meeting, San Juan Islands, Washington

          The Columbia History of Science Group will meet in its usual rugged but scenic location. Paper proposal deadline: Jan. 22, 2017. Registration deadline: Feb. 26, 2017.

March 4, 2017:  MAA Golden Section Spring Meeting, Santa Clara, CA

          The annual Spring meeting of the Golden Section of the Mathematical Assn. of America, scheduled this year at Santa Clara Univ., includes a talk by Jill Pipher (Brown Univ.), “Cryptography: From Ancient Times to a Post-Quantum Age”.

March 16, 2017:  The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova, PA

         To be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room 300 of the Saint Augustine Center, Villanova Univ. Following conversation and a light supper (donation: $10.00), beginning at approx. 6:30 or 6:45 Erich H. Reck (Univ. of California, Riverside) will speak on “Dedekind and the Structuralist Transformation of Mathematics”. The talk will show that Richard Dedekind’s writings were one of the main sources for the two strands of structuralism in mathematics (structuralist methodology and structuralist semantics), and that these two strands were intimately connected for him.

March 24-26, 2017:  Midwest Junto for the History of Science, Bloomington, IN

           The 60th annual meeting of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science is scheduled at Indiana Univ., and is hosted by its Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine.

March 31 – April 2, 2017:  HPM-Americas Spring Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

          The Americas Section of the International Study Group on the Relations Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM-Americas) will hold its Spring Meeting at the Univ. of Pennsylvania. There will be a variety of talks on relations between the history and pedagogy of mathematics. Submit abstracts of proposed talks by March 1, 2017, to David Roberts or via the HPM Americas website. You will also be able to register for the meeting on the website.

April 1, 2017:  MAA EpaDel Section Spring Meeting, Kutztown, PA

          The annual Spring meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware (EpaDel) Section of the Mathematical Assn. of America, scheduled this year at Kutztown Univ., includes an Invited Talk and workshop by Dominic Klyve (Central Washington Univ.).

April 2, 2017:  Deadline for 2017 HOM SIGMAA Student Essay Contest

          Entries to the 14th annual MAA History of Mathematics Special Interest Group Student Writing Contest are due to HOM SIGMAA Prize Coordinator Dorothee Blum by April 2, 2017. For more information, contact Dorothee Blum.

April 5-8, 2017:  NCTM Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX

          The Annual Meeting and Exposition of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics always includes several presentations and workshops on incorporating mathematics history into elementary and secondary school classrooms. Scheduled at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

April 6-7, 2017:  Beyond the Academy: The Practice of Mathematics from the Renaissance to the Nineteenth Century, York, England

          Organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), this conference at the Priory Street Centre focuses on mathematical practitioners - in particular, the lesser-known users of mathematics down through the centuries.

April 8-9, 2017:  Association for Women in Mathematics Research Symposium, Los Angeles, California

          The 2017 Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Research Symposium, to be held at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA, will include a special session on history of mathematics. Speakers will address the history of women in mathematics as well as other historical topics. The conference actually will begin on Friday, April 7, evening with an event for students. Invited addresses, special sessions, a conference banquet, and other events will take place on Sat.-Sun., April 8-9.

April 20, 2017:  The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova, PA

         To be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room 300 of the Saint Augustine Center, Villanova Univ. Following conversation and a light supper (donation: $10.00), beginning at approx. 6:30 or 6:45 Amy Ackerberg-Hastings (Univ. of Maryland, University College) will speak on “John Playfair and His Misnamed Axiom”. The term “Playfair’s Axiom” is a mainstay of school geometry textbooks as well as one of the few things many mathematicians know about John Playfair (1748–1819), Professor of Mathematics and then of Natural Philosophy at the Univ. of Edinburgh. However, the ubiquity of the phrase masks considerable historical complexity. At least three different versions of the statement circulate among speakers of English— only two of which appeared in the editions of Playfair's Elements of Geometry— while the underlying concept dates back to Proclus. Additionally, the versions are not logically equivalent with each other. The presenter will discuss recent research that has revealed new information about when and why “Playfair’s Axiom” became commonplace as a label.

April 28-29, 2017:   Conference on Sangaku and Wasan At Randolph-Macon (SWARM), Ashland, Virginia

           This Conference on SWARM, held in honor of Hidetoshi Fukagawa, is scheduled at Randolph-Macon College. It provides an opportunity for scholars, educators, and students to share and learn about the fascinating culture of math in Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868), also known as wasan. Of particular interest will be the phenomenon of sangaku, colorful wooden tablets inscribed with geometrical problems that were hung in shrines and temples throughout the country. We are hoping to foster a community with broad interests in wasan and a diverse collection of viewpoints to contribute to its study and dissemination, and to encourage collaborative relationships across disciplinary boundaries. In addition to Hidetoshi Fukagawa and four other invited speakers, there will be a session for short (15-20 minute) contributed talks. The event will also feature an exhibition of Tokugawa-era mathematics books and life-sized prints of sangaku tablets from across Japan.

May 27, 2017:  A History of Mathematical Logic in Honour of Ivor Grattan-Guinness, London, England

          Organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), this conference at Birkbeck College, Univ. of London, focuses on the history of mathematical logic and honors the eminent mathematical historian Ivor Grattan-Guinness, former BSHM President who died in late 2014.

May 28-30, 2017:  CSHPM Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

          The annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM), to be held at Ryerson University, will include a special session on 18th century mathematics and will feature Kenneth O. May Lecturer William Dunham. Titles and abstracts for talks in the special or general session are due by Feb. 1, 2017. Please see the CSHPM website for details.

June 24, 2017:  Picturing Mathematics, Oxford, England

          Organized by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), this full-day conference at Rewley House focuses on the ways mathematicians have expressed their ideas in picture-form. Learn how these mathematical tools were invented with an enjoyable view of the beauty of mathematics.

July 23-29, 2017:  25th Quadrennial International Congress for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

          To be held in the Praia Vermelha campus of the Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), this conference has the theme "Science, Technology and Medicine between the Global and the Local". The deadline for submission of proposals for stand-alone papers is November 30, 2016. Organized by the Division of History of Science and Technology (DHST) of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST).

July 26-29, 2017:  MAA MathFest, Chicago, IL

          MathFest 2017, the annual Summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, is scheduled at the Hilton Chicago. Among the history-related events are the following:

  • “Hidden Figures: My Role as a Math Consultant for this Film”, the NAM David Harold Blackwell Lecture, by Rudy L. Horne (Morehouse College)
  • “Four Tales of Impossibility”, the MAA Chan Stanek Lecture for Students, by David Richeson (Dickinson College)
  • “The Life and Legacy of J. Ernest Wilkins (1923-2011)”, an Invited Paper Session, organized by Ronald Mickens (Clark Atlanta Univ.) and Talitha Washington (Howard Univ.)
  • “Euclid and the Mathematics of Antiquity in the 21st Century”, a Contributed Paper Session, organized by Elizabeth T. Brown and Edwin O'Shea (both James Madison Univ.).

August 20-26, 2017:  The Fourth International Conference on History and Pedagogy of Modern Mathematics, Chengdu, China

          Organized by the School of Mathematics, Sichuan Normal Univ., Chengdu, in association with the School of Mathematics, Northwest Univ., Xi’an; the Dept. of Mathematics, Simon Fraser Univ., British Columbia, Canada; and the Chinese Society for the History of Mathematics.

September 19-22, 2017:  Fifth Biennial International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education (ICHME-5), Utrecht, the Netherlands

         Organized by the Dutch Association of Mathematics Teachers in cooperation with the Freudenthal Institute and the Descartes Centre of the University of Utrecht. Fifth in a series of research conferences on the history of mathematics education, whose themes have included geometry teaching, algebra teaching, teaching of calculus, interdisciplinarity and contexts, the modern mathematics movements, curricula history, development of mathematics education in specific countries, practices of teaching, mathematics textbooks, teacher education, and transmission and reception of ideas. Abstracts of proposed contributions must be submitted before April 1, 2017.

November 9-12, 2017:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

November 9-12, 2017:  AMATYC Annual Conference, San Diego, CA



January 10-13, 2018:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA

March 30 – April 1, 2018:  13th Maghrebian Symposium on the History of Arabic Mathematics (COMHISMA13), Tunis area, Tunisia

         This meeting aims to increase interest in the history of Arabic mathematics as a fundamental phase in the general history of mathematics, and to provide Maghrebian researchers in this field an opportunity to collaborate with their foreign colleagues, in particular on:

  • the discovery, editing and translation of important manuscripts
  • the interaction between mathematics and the social, economic and cultural needs of society
  • identification of educational traditions of mathematics in the Arab-Islamic civilization
  • highlighting the links between mathematics and other fields of knowledge
  • highlighting the contributions of the Muslim West in constructing the edifice of mathematics.

         Talks are presented in any of the languages Arabic, French, and English. For more information, contact Mahdi Abdeljaouad.

July 2018:   International Conference on Ethnomathematics, Barranquilla, Colombia

         The sixth quadrennial International Conference on Ethnomathematics (ICEM-6) will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia.

July 20-24, 2018: 8th European Summer University on History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education, Oslo, Norway

          Sponsored by the International Study Group on Relations between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM), this collection of intensive courses is scheduled at Oslo & Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

August 1-4, 2018:  MAA MathFest, Denver, CO

November 1-4, 2018:  History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

November 15-18, 2018:  AMATYC Annual Conference, Orlando, FL



January 16-19, 2019:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD

May 5-9, 2019:  Quadrennial Inter-American Conference on Mathematics Education, Medellín, Colombia

July 31 - August 3, 2019:  MAA MathFest, Cincinnati, OH



January 15-18, 2020:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Denver, CO

July 12-19, 2020:  International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-14), Shanghai, China

          The International Study Group for History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) will likely hold its 10th quadrennial meeting as a Satellite Conference of ICME-14. The HPM program will include plenary lectures, panels, discussion groups, workshops, sessions for research reports, a poster session, and exhibitions of books and other didactical material.



January 6-9, 2021:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC


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