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Beyond the Academy. The Practice of Mathematics from the Renaissance to the Nineteenth Century

6 Apr 2017
Start time
12:00 AM
Priory Street Centre

Event Information

Free Two Day Conference April 6th and 7th at The Priory Street Centre, York Times tbc

In the history of mathematics, no less than in the study of history more generally, much attention has traditionally been given to the major figures like Newton, Euler, or Cauchy. However (again, as in history more generally), there is much to be gained from studying the ‘minor’ figures in the story of the development of mathematics: people whose names are not associated with any groundbreaking discoveries or who have not proved any major theorems, but who nevertheless employed mathematics on a daily basis, and who thus contributed in a broader sense to mathematical progress. This two-day conference is dedicated primarily to the life and works of such ‘Mathematical Practitioners’. Who were they? In what milieus did they move? How did they make their living? A secondary, closely related theme is ‘mathematics beyond the universities’: just as a great deal of attention has been focused on high-profile figures, so too has there been an emphasis in scholarly work on the pursuit of mathematics within major metropolitan or academic centres. The role of women in this story is a particularly important consideration. Our aim with this conference is also to provide a forum for investigating the history of mathematical practice in non-academic or non-urban settings.

Confirmed speakers to date:

Philip Beeley (University of Oxford)
Jim Bennett (University of Oxford)
Sloan Despeaux (Western Carolina University)
Snezana Lawrence (Anglia Ruskin University)
Leo Rogers (Independent Researcher)

Programme available shortly from christopher.hollings@nullmaths.ox.ac.uk

Submissions are invited for the meeting: BSHM flier on Submissions York meeting