The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Conference on the History of Mathematics

6 November 2009, Royal Statistical Society, London

The conference will be dedicated to tracing the history of social, professional, and
academic networks, which in some way influenced the creation of new mathematical
concepts or disciplines.
East London, where the conference will be held, was the fermenting ground where one of
the first mathematical societies was founded, the Spitalfields Mathematical Society (1717).
The history of the area has inspired, in many ways, the contributions to the conference,
and we hope that both mathematicians and the historians of mathematics will find this a
fascinating opportunity to explore the ways in which mathematics developed from its
applications and in which applications inspired the creation of new mathematical
The programme includes the following presentations:
Jan van Maanen, Applications convince. The case of the early calculus
Victor Katz, Quadratic and cubic equations: can we really apply them?
Benjamin Wardhaugh, ‘Two viols were mathematically set out’ – Thomas Salmon (1647–
1706) and the practicalities of mathematical music
Norman Biggs, Mathematics in the Textile trade
Martin CampbellKelly, The rise and decline of mathematical table making
Ioan James, Some early Jewish mathematicians

Open at or by emailing [email protected]
Non IMA Member: £85.00
IMA Member: £70.00
Student: £60.00

For all enquiries, contact the organisers:
Snezana Lawrence ([email protected])
Amy Marsh ([email protected])
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street,
SouthendonSea, Essex, SS1 1EF,  01702 354020 
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