Mathematics emerging: A tribute to Jackie Stedall and her influence on the history of mathematics

Mathematics emerging: A tribute to Jackie Stedall and her influence on the history of mathematics

Saturday 9 April 2016 (All day) to Sunday 10 April 2016 (All day)
The Queen's College, Oxford OX1 4AW

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The broad theme of the meeting is sixteenth- and seventeenth-century algebra. This BSHM event is being supported by the London Mathematical Society, the International Committee for the History of Mathematics, The Queen's College, Oxford, and the Oxford University Mathematical Institute.

The main speakers are:

  • Dr Philip Beeley (Oxford) 'To the publicke advancement'. John Collins and the promotion of mathematical knowledge in Restoration England
  • Dr Rosanna Cretney (Oxford) 'Nor any Number can confine us': The mathematical art of changes in early modern England
  • Professor Robert Goulding (University of Notre Dame, USA) Harriot's 1605 Colour Experiments
  • Professor Niccolò Guicciardini (University of Bergamo, Italy) Isaac Newton, Historian of Mathematics
  • Professor Karen Parshall (University of Virginia, USA) A Plurality of Algebras, 1200–1600: European Developments from Fibonacci to Clavius
  • Professor Eleanor Robson (University College London) Accounting and schooling in a Babylonian village, c.1600 BC 
  • Dr Matthias Schemmel (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany) From forced to inertial motion: Thomas Harriot's integration of practical and theoretical knowledge on motion
  • Professor Thomas Sonar (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany) ... in the darkest night that is ...: Briggs, Blundeville, Wright and the misconception of finding latitude
  • Dr Benjamin Wardhaugh (Oxford)
  • Communicating with France. British mathematics in the period of Charles Hutton (1737–1823)

There will be further short contributions from the following:

  • Professor Norman Biggs
  • More seventeenth-century networks
  • Professor Maria Rosa Massa-Esteve
  • The influence of Mengoli's mathematical ideas
  • Dr Staffan Rodhe
  • On Goldbach's recently found booklet on series

On the Saturday evening there will be a concert given by the Chapel Choir of Queen's College, followed by a reception and dinner in the Hall of Queen's College.

A poster advertising the meeting can be viewed here; a provisional programme, schedule, and list of abstracts is available here.


Please register online via Eventbrite. Registration fees include lunch and refreshments, but not the reception and dinner on the evening of Saturday 9 April, which may be booked separately at an additional cost of £40. For those who require accommodation, rooms may be booked at The Queen's College at a cost of £93.50 per person per night (including full English breakfast). The reception and dinner, and accommodation where required, should be booked when registering via Eventbrite: please choose your tickets, click "Order Now", and add your dinner and accommodation options on the next page.

A limited number of bursaries will be available to support attendance by students. These will cover the cost of registration, which includes lunch and refreshments. We regret that we are unable to provide financial support for students' travel or accommodation expenses. If you are a student and would like to apply for a bursary to support your attendance at this meeting, please contact the organisers to discuss this before you register, stating that you would like to apply for a student bursary. Please give your name, institution, the level and title of your course, and the name of your supervisor or main tutor.

The organisers of this meeting are June Barrow-Green, Chris Hollings, Peter Neumann, and Jane Wess. To contact them with any queries, please use this form.