History of Mathematics at St Andrews

Future Events

We host public lectures in the history of mathematics approximately twice a year. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to be notified of events, please contact Isobel Falconer.

6-8 July 2020, St Andrews will be hosting the joint British Society for the History of Mathematics and Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics/La Société Canadienne d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Mathématiques. Watch this space.

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Past Events

27 November 2019, Professor Kenneth Falconer (St Andrews) "From Neptune to St Andrews: John Couch Adams at 200". Abstract

16 October 2019, Professor Deborah Kent (Drake) “'Glorious beyond description': Eclipse expeditions and 19th century American science". Abstract

14 October 2019, Martin Macbeath (St Andrews) "From Finger Counting to Inscriptions during the Neolithic Age". Abstract

5 June 2019, Professor David Horowitz (Golden West College) "Maclaurin and Morality". Abstract

23 April 2019, Dr Daniel J. Mitchell (Aachen) ""The Etherealisation of Common Sense”? Late Victorian Opposition to Maxwell’s Mathematics of Measurement". Abstract

21 Feb 2019: Professor Danny Otero (Xavier University). Lecture: "Transforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources". Abstract

23-24 Nov 2018: Workshop on Mathematical and Astronomical Practices in pre-Enlightenment Scotland

11-14 June 2018: History of Mathematics Workshop at the British Mathematical Colloquium. Abstracts.

26-29 March 2018: Conflicting Attitudes in the History of Mathematical Science (Minisymposium at the BAMC). Abstracts

16-17 Sept 2016: Mathematical Biography: A MacTutor Celebration

Artist's impression of the mathematician and astronomer, James Gregory, working in the Upper Hall (now the King James Library) at the University of St Andrews. Copyright University of St Andrews