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Home schooling history of mathematics resources

Next week some more children in England will go back to school, but most of the children will still be learning from home. We have put a short list together for the parents and children alike to do some mathematics during this period, and remind you that the 1st of July is the deadline to submit an essay or presentation in the history of mathematics for our Schools Prize!

Over the last week both Frank James, writing as Chair of  the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) and Tim Fulford of The Friends of Coleridge have released open letters to Sir Duncan Wingham regarding the current review of Open Access (OA) publishing.

Making Mathematics American

Sometimes the push to finish a big writing project can end up feeling like a “shelter in place” order—a foggy dance between writing and sleeping. For the past two months, while sheltering in place because of COVID-19, I’ve been working towards a deadline to finish a full draft of my dissertation. There were no offices, archives, or libraries, and I relied heavily on HathiTrust and others who helped put resources online. After endless hours of writing and sleeping, interspersed with distance runs and homemade meals, I finally submitted a draft to my committee this week.

We have new dates for the postponed joint BSHM-CSHPM conference, "People, Places, Practices" in St Andrews. The conference will now take place on 12-14 July 2021.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has been necessary to postpone the 2020 Thomas Harriot Lecture that was to have taken place in Oriel College, Oxford on 28 May. Professor Larry E. Tise will now deliver his lecture at 5 pm on Tuesday 27 October 2020.

If you would like to give a presentation at this online conference on 6 July, please email Isobel Falconer (

Gresham College, London’s oldest Higher Education Institution, have announced the appointment of Sarah Hart, Vice-President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, as Gresham Professor of Geometry.

Geometry in focus - Resources Blog

Geometry in focus

The current Coronavirus crisis is on everyone’s minds. For our first Resources Blog we therefore start with the Geometry of viruses, and following this, the history of geometry. But before we get to the links and resources, advice on how to use this Resource Blog posts: