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History of Mathematics Conference 2011

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics, NUI Maynooth is delighted to announce that it will host a one day conference on the History of Mathematics on Thursday, 12th May, 2011.

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All talks will be held in MS2 on the top floor of Logic House, South Campus, NUI Maynooth. Registration will be held in Room 9, which is also on the top floor of Logic House. A map of the NUI Maynooth campus is available here. A detailed description of how to travel to Maynooth and things to do is available here. There is also accommodation available on campus, detailed information is available here.


Details of the speaker are available when you click on their name, and the abstract for their talk is available if you click on the talk title.

Everyone with an interest in attending is more than welcome to come along. We simply request that you contact the organisers by Monday the 9th of May so we have an idea of numbers. There is no registration fee for this conference.

Speaker Talk Title Time
Registration and Coffee 9:45 - 10.15
Stephen Buckley (NUIM) Welcoming Address 10.15-10:20
Fiacre Ó Cairbre (NUIM) Beauty in Mathematics from a historical perspective. 10:20 - 10.50
Philip Boland (UCD) W.S. Gosset - an industrial "Student". 10:50 - 11.20
- - - Coffee 11:20 - 11.40
Micheál Brennan (WIT) The History of Maths in the History of Art in these Islands. 11:40 - 12.10
Mary Kelly (Glendalough Visitor Centre) Mathematics in medieval Glendalough: British Library, Egerton 3323, fo. 18, a twelfth-century witness. 12:10 - 12.40
- - - Coffee 12:40 - 12.50
Maurice O'Reilly (SPCD) History in Mathematics Education - The past decade. 12:50 - 1.20
Lunch Pugin Hall 1:20 - 2.15
Cáit Ní Shúilleabháin (Pobalscoil Chionn tSáile) Fuascailt Mhatamaiticiúla: Fís de Valera i dtaobh chaidreamh na hÉireann leis an gComhlathas - Mathematical Freedom -- De Valera's vision of Ireland's relationship with the Commonwealth. (Talk given in Irish*) 2:15 - 2.45
Gerry Keane (CIE) Paradacsaí agus Stair na Matamaitice - Paradoxes in the History of Mathematics. (Talk given in Irish*) 2:45 - 3.15
- - - Coffee 3:15 - 3.30
Stacy Carter (and Fiacre Ó Cairbre) NUIM The positive impact of using the History of Mathematics in teaching at second level. 3:30 - 4.00
Gordon Lessells (UL) Incorporating New Mathematics into a History of Mathematics course. 4:00 - 4.30
- - - Coffee 4:30 - 4.45
Ciarán Mac an Bhaird (NUIM) Dealing with an unexpected mathematical outcome. 4:45 - 5.15
Rod Gow (UCD) William Rowan Hamilton and Octonions - a lost opportunity. 5:15 - 5.45
- - - Closing Address 5:45-5:50
Dinner The Roost 6:15

* A tour of the Russell Library and a viewing of the Mathematics collection will be available from 2:15-3:15 for those who do not wish to attend the talks in Irish.


Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird and Dr. Fiacre Ó Cairbre .

This conference is supported by the Irish Mathematical Society and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.