Mathematical Communication during the Cold War

Mathematical Communication during the Cold War

Friday 8 July 2016 - 14.00 to 18.00
Lecture room L5, Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road, Oxford

This will be an afternoon featuring three talks on the broad issue of communication (or lack thereof) between mathematicians during the Cold War, and the ways in which the political climate of the twentieth century both helped and hindered the development of mathematics.

The speakers will be:

An American Mathematician with a Czech Name: Václav Hlavatý (1894–1969)

What to teach? Mathematics Education during the Cold War

"Dispelling Ignorance and Overcoming Prejudice": Breaching the Language Barrier in Cold War Mathematics

The programme and abstracts are available below.

This event is supported by a Scheme 1 Grant from the London Mathematical Society, and will conclude with a drinks reception, kindly sponsored by the Oxford Mathematical Institute.

This event is free to attend, but we would appreciate indications of intent, so that we can gauge numbers.  Such indications can be registered via the webform linked below.  Moreover, some funds are available to support the travel of students who wish to attend.  If you would like to apply for these funds, please also do so via the link below.

Indication of intention to attend