'Mathematical Biography: A Celebration of MacTutor' St Andrews, Scotland, on 16-17 September 2016.
The conference is organised by the British Society for the History of Mathematics, and the Mathematics Department of St Andrews University.
Papers are invited. Details below.
The deadline for submission is 31 March 2016.
Conference website: www.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/mathbiog/
The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive is a website maintained by John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson and hosted by the University of St Andrews. It contains detailed biographies on many historical and contemporary mathematicians. Founded in 1994, as of 2015 it has biographies on over 2800 mathematicians and scientists. In 2015, O'Conner and Robertson won the Hirst Prize of the London Mathematical Society for their work. The citation for the Hirst Prize calls the archive "the most widely used and influential web-based resource in history of mathematics".
Mathematical biography is one of the ways in which bridges are built between mathematics, mathematicians, and wider culture. Biography can link mathematicians to their discipline’s past, inspire young people to become mathematicians, and engage the public in appreciation of mathematics. Yet space is seldom provided to discuss the cultural roles of mathematical biography, or the historiographic and technical issues surrounding writing mathematical biography.
We invite papers that address such issues, particularly if they take a case study approach. Themes of the conference include, but are not limited to:
• The cultural significance of individuals in mathematics (in any time period)
• The impact and use of new technologies on mathematical biography
• Issues of audience, purpose, and translation (of language and of mathematics
• Challenges of particular types of biography (e.g. obituary, of living mathematicians, of women, for children
• Case studies of use of MacTutor
Speakers may have the opportunity to contribute to a special issue of the BSHM Bulletin following the conference.
Proposals should be for short talks of approximately 15 minutes plus discussion time.
Please send your proposals, by 31 March to:
Isobel Falconer: [log in to unmask]
Your proposal should include:
• title of paper
• a short abstract of approximately 300 words
• brief biographical details (affiliation (if any), main areas of research, relevant publications)
Papers will be considered by the Conference Programme Committee and selected contributors will be notified in April 2016.
In addition to papers, the conference organisers would be pleased to accept drafts of biographies for the MacTutor website.