Christmas Meeting

Christmas meeting

Christmas Meeting

Saturday 11 December 2021 (All day)

NOTE that due to the covid situation, this meeting is now entirely online. Very regretfully, we will not be visiting the departments of computer science and mathematics at Warwick. We are very grateful for all the hard work planning that they put into this event.

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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Registration and Lunch in Computer Science, all other events in Mathematics. The two buildings are next door to each other (see UPDATED Steve Russ 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 (by zoom)

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