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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.

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, VA

           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 5, 2017:  Gresham College Lecture, London, England

          A public lecture, "Escher and Coxeter - a Mathematical Conversation", is to be presented at 1-2 pm at the Museum of London by Gresham College Professor Sarah Hart. The artist M.C. Escher’s work often used ingenious tilings of the plane with interlocking figures such as fish and birds. Although these tilings could in principle extend forever, Escher could not show this on a finite picture. But a diagram from a paper by the mathematician Donald Coxeter presented one solution to this conundrum. This talk will take a look at the mathematics of this diagram and how Escher used it, and will also show how Coxeter produced mathematical research based on aspects of Escher’s work.

June 9, 2017: Fourth Biennial Irish History of Mathematics Conference (IHOM4), Dublin, Ireland

          This all-day gathering is scheduled at the Edward Worth Library in Dublin.

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 18-20, 2017:  “Mathematics and Mechanics in the Newtonian Age”, Sevilla, Spain

           The workshop “Mathematics and Mechanics in the Newtonian Age: Historical and Philosophical Questions” is scheduled at the University of Sevilla, Institute of Mathematics. Its aim is to investigate the changing configuration of relations between pure and “applied” math, with particular attention to the “classical” era (17th and 18th centuries) contrasted with the 19th and early 20th centuries. Invited speakers are Robert DiSalle (Univ. of Western Ontario), Helmut Pulte (Ruhr Univ. Bochum-RUB), and Ivahn Smadja (Univ. de Paris Diderot – Paris 7 & Lab. Sphère). Proposals are due by May 29, 2017, and should be sent to María de Paz.

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.

October 13-14, 2017: On Growth and Form Centenary Conference, Dundee and Fife, Scotland

          This two-day interdisciplinary conference marks 100 years since the publication of D’Arcy Thompson’s landmark book On Growth and Form– “the greatest work of prose in twentieth century science” (Stephen Jay Gould), written by possibly “the most learned polymath of all time” (Richard Dawkins). The conference is scheduled at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, where D’Arcy spent most of his career and where his surviving collections are held. It will feature a range of presentations covering every aspect of D’Arcy’s own work and the various fields that it has influenced, plus visits to the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum and the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History, with a special preview of a new exhibition exploring On Growth and Form and its legacy.

November 2-4, 2017:  28th Annual Novembertagung on the History of Mathematics, Brussels, Belgium

           This annual international conference is aimed at doctoral and postdoctoral students in the history of mathematics and related fields. It provides an opportunity for them to present and discuss their research in an informal and safe environment, share experiences and advice, and establish new contacts. Hosted by the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLWF) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the theme this year is “Tools for research in mathematics, history and philosophy”. Invited speakers are Liesbeth de Mol (Univ. de Lille) & Ralf Krömer (Bergische Univ. Wuppertal). Abstracts of proposed contributions must be submitted before August 15, 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.

April 3-6, 2018:  Ninth Quadrennial British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME9), Coventry, England

          The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) normally sponsors sessions on the history of mathematics at this quadrennial conference, being held this year at the University of Warwick.

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


Please send Calendar items to Randy Schwartz.