Exploring the history of mathematics & computing

On Tuesday June 2nd, the University of Greenwich is pleased to present

an afternoon exploring the history of mathematics & computing in the

appropriate setting of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich:

Donald Knuth: /”History of Computer Science versus History of


Karen Parshall: /”Victorian Algebra”/

Don Knuth is a retired professor of Computer Science at Stanford

University, where he joined the faculty forty years ago. His

multi-volume work-in-progress entitled “The Art of Computer Programming”

has been translated into twelve languages. His software is used to

format the pages of most of the world’s books and journals about

mathematics and physics. He tries to write computer programs that are

actually a pleasure to read.

Karen Parshall is Professor of History and Mathematics at the University

of Virginia. She works on the history of science and mathematics in

America and the history of 19th- and 20th-century algebra, and her

research currently focuses on the life, times, and mathematical work of

the British mathematician, James Joseph Sylvester. The organisers are

grateful to the London Mathematical Society for support for Professor

Parshall’s visit.

Date: Tuesday 2nd June 2009, 2-4pm

Venue: Burnside Lecture Theatre, King William Court (KW315), Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS

All welcome. Admission free.

Further information from Tony Mann ([email protected])

Travel directions at http://www.gre.ac.uk/about/greenwich/greenwich