Christmas Meeting

Christmas meeting

Christmas Meeting

Saturday 11 December 2021 (All day)
University of Warwick & Online

We are delighted this year to be guests of the Department of Computer Science and the Mathematics Institute at the University of Warwick - which is easily accessible by car or by train to Coventry and a short bus ride. Arrangements are being made for those who are unable to travel to Coventry to participate online.

Generic directions to the University, and PDF icon Steve Russ's Travel Tips  to supplement these.

The meeting will include the BSHM AGM (separate, free, AGM registration needed), the announcement of the Neumann Prize winner, and a party to celebrate the BSHM's 50th birthday.

The programme will be A ‘History of Mathematics’ Day: a potpourri of interesting historical mathematical issues, and will include celebration of two more anniversaries (Cayley's 200th, and the 1871 Eclipse Expedition's 150th)

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PDF icon Abstracts as of 19 Nov

Registration and Lunch in Computer Science, all other events in Mathematics. The two buildings are next door to each other (see Steve Russ's Travel Tips).

09.30  Coffee and Registration (Computer Science Foyer)

09.55  Welcome (Sarah Hart, President)

10.00  Philip Beeley (Oxford): 'Harriot's Rule'. Some false questions of priority in 17th Century mathematics

10.40  Tony Crilly (Middlesex, Emeritus): Arthur Cayley’s bi-centennial 2021 

11.20  Announcement of Neumann Prize Winner

11.25  Coffee

11.45  Aoife Kearins (Cambridge): ‘Insert a Public Acknowledgment to Whom the Letter was Addressed’: The Penny Post’s Role in Mathematical Collaboration )

12.25  BSHM AGM (separate, free, AGM registration needed)   and lunch

13.50  David Dunning (Oxford): “Contact with Real Computing”: Abstraction and Physics in Christopher Strachey’s Programming Research Group

14.30  Alex Aylward (Oxford): Between authority and obscurity: R. A. Fisher and the mathematization of biology

15.10  Tea

15.30  Christos Papadimitriou (Columbia): To tell a tale of maths: Logicomix and the origins of our era (by zoom)

16.10  Deborah Kent (St Andrews): “Fit for making a decent observation”? Photography and the British eclipse expedition of 1871

17.10  BSHM 50th birthday celebration

18.00 Finish

Organised jointly with the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Warwick