History of Analysis

History of Analysis

Saturday 14 May 2022 (All day)
Birkbeck College, London

Each year in May we run a history of mathematics conference at Birkbeck, organised by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), and supported by the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics at Birkbeck.

The 2022 event will look at the history of mathematical analysis. There will be speakers on a range of topics from the beginnings of analysis through to the 20th century.

Final Programme

PDF icon Programme & Abstracts.pdf

9:45     Registration

10.00   Opening remarks by BSHM President Sarah Hart

10:05   Niccolò Guicciardini: The birth and reception of the Newtonian and the Leibnizian calculi

10:50   Tea/Coffee

11:15   Jeremy Gray: Differential Equations – the real (and complex) reasons for Analysis

12:00   Clare Moriarty: Ructions over Fluxions: Maclaurin’s Draft Response to Berkeley's Analyst

12:25   Gavin Hitchcock: Surprises in the history of analysis

12:50   Lunch

14:10   Brigitte Stenhouse: Mary Somerville’s abandoned manuscripts and the promotion of analytical mathematics in 1830s Britain

14:55   Steve Russ: On Limits and Values: their Concepts and Expressions

15:20   Alessio Rocci: On Gibbs-Heaviside “interaction at a distance”: the curl of a tensor and the generalization of Divergence and Stokes theorems

15:45   Tea/Coffee

4:15     Kenneth Falconer: Fractal Geometry through the 20th Century

5:00     Close

The event will be held at Birkbeck College, University of London, which is close to several mainline rail stations with excellent transport links. You can download a map here. (The lecture room will be in the Clore building - see the pdf programme for details.)

Registration is £5.50 for students, £11 for BSHM members and Birkbeck staff, and £22 for non-members. 

This will include tea/coffee and biscuits at break times, but not lunch, as we wanted to keep the registration fee to a minimum. There are numerous places to eat within easy walking distance of Birkbeck, including a coffee shop that sells sandwiches and snacks within Birkbeck itself.

For further details, and to register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-history-of-mathematical-analysis-tickets-253556693897