British Society for the History of Mathematics - RiP 2021


British Society for the History of Mathematics - Research in Progress 2021

Saturday 27 February 2021 (All day)

Research in Progress is an annual meeting of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. It provides an opportunity for research students in any area of the history of mathematics to present their work to a friendly and supportive audience.

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09:15–09:30 SARAH HART, BSHM President: Welcome

09:30–10:30 CLEMENCY MONTELLE, University of Canterbury, New Zealand Invited lecture: An Ocean of Knowledge: Exploring the History of Mathematics in India

10:30–10:45 Break

10:45–12:15 ALISON MAIDMENT, The Open University: ‘An unparalleled spring of knowledge’: Edmund Taylor Whittaker as a Historian of Science  

BRITTANY CARLSON, University of California, Riverside: Math Anxiety (Re)mediation Practices of the Nineteenth-Century Mathematician  

PAUL FELTON, The Open University: The Popularisation of Mathematics in Britain during the 19th Century  

NATASHA BAILIE, Queen’s University, Belfast, BSHM Undergraduate Essay Prizewinner: Quantifying the Unquantifiable: The Mathematicisation of Philosophy during the Scottish Enlightenment

12:15–13:30 Lunch break, Zoom break-out rooms to be available 12:45–13:15

13:30–15:00 BENJAMIN WILCK, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: The Order of Definitions in Euclid’s Elements  

MEREDITH HOULTON, University of St Andrews: Navigating Euclid: A Table from William Sanders’ Elementa Geometriae  

ELENA SCALAMBRO, Università degli Studi di Torino: Gino Fano’s Contribution to the Classification of a Special Class of Threefolds

15:00–15:30 Break, Zoom break-out rooms to be available

15:30–17:00 DOMINGO MARTÍNEZ VERDÚ, Universidad de Murcia: Use of Infinity in the Calculation of Logarithms. The Analytical Procedures in Works by Benito Bails (1731–1797)  

ANUSHA BHATTACHARYA, Chennai Mathematical Institute, India: Generalized Theory of measures: An Attempt to Unite Contrasting Notions of Sizes  

KEVIN BAKER, University of Oxford: Mathematics and Certainty

17:00–17:30 Break

17:30–18:30 History of Mathematics Quiz (hosted by Brigitte Stenhouse)