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Accueil du site > Archives > Journées et colloques : septembre 2008–juillet 2012 > Journées et colloques 2009-2010 > International Conference
on the History of Modern Mathematics : 1800 – 1930

International Conference
on the History of Modern Mathematics : 1800 – 1930

 :: Organized by ::
Department of Mathematics, Northwest University
Chinese Society for the History of Mathematics

 :: In Association with ::
CNRS & University Paris–Diderot

 :: Supported by ::
International Commission for the History of Mathematics
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
IASCUD Commission of the DHST
Northwest University



The topic of “mathematical practice” or of “professional cultures in mathematics” is one that has become quite active in contemporary research and arouses interest from historians as well as philosophers of mathematics. This is thus a topic that is particularly appropriate to bring together historians and philosophers of mathematics, which is one of the aims of the conference.

The conference aims to address the issues of “practice” and “professional cultures” for history of mathematics between 1800 and 1930.
One of its goals is to understand how these concepts can help us better understand mathematics during this long century. Conversely, the question will be raised of how our understanding of these concepts can be improved if we are to use them to approach the history of mathematics during this time span.
The conference will invite participants to approach these issues with a breadth so far unprecedented.

First, in addition to suggesting to approach the 19th century from the point of view of professional cultures and practices, we shall invite contributions that bear on mathematics considered globally, that is with contributions dealing with Europe, the United states, China, Japan, the Arab world, India, and so on.
Another specificity is that, in relation to the topic chosen, we would like to invite contributions that will not only focus on mathematics as an academic discipline, but also deal with mathematical practices and cultures outside the academia.
In addition, we would like to include, within our scope, the history of disciplines such as history and philosophy of mathematics. Within which context did they develop ? Which ties did they have with the various mathematical cultures and practices ? In which ways is it important to take them into account to deal with the topic envisioned ?
Finally, we shall invite present-day working mathematicians to share with us how they approach the motley of mathematical practices today.
We are deeply convinced that the better understanding of modern mathematical activity that such an approach can yield will be helpful for mathematics education at all levels.

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Scientific Committee

Tom Archibald
(Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada)
June Barrow-Green
(Open University, London, UK)
Karine Chemla
(REHSEIS—SPHERE, CNRS & University Paris Diderot, Paris, France & Visiting professor,
IHNS, CAS, supported by Chinese Academy of Sciences visiting professorship for senior international scientists)
Leo Corry
(Cohn Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel)
Joseph Dauben
(City University of New York, USA)
Jose Ferreiros
(University of Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain)
Jeremy Gray
(Open University, London, UK)
Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen
(Roskilde University, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Eberhard Knobloch
(TU Berlin, Germany)
Li Wenlin
(Institute of mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)
Karen Parshall
(University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA)
Theodore Porter
(UCLA, Los Angeles, USA)
Qu Anjing
(Northwest University, Xi’an, China)
David Rowe
(Mainz University, Mainz, Germany)
Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze (University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway)
Ueno Kenji
(Seki Kowa Institute of Mathematics, Yokkaichi University, Japan)


Local Organizing Committee

Qiao Xueguang
(Northwest University, Xi’an)

Vice Chairmen
Guo Shirong
(Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot)
Deng Mingli
(Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang)

Cao Yiming
(Beijing Normal University, Beijing)
Feng Lisheng
(Tsinghua University, Beijing)
Han Qi
(IHNS, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)
Ji Zhigang
(Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai)
Lu Shuhuan
(Qufu Normal University, Qufu, Shandong)
Ren Xinxi
(Shanxi Normal University, Linfen, Shanxi)
Wang Qingjian
(Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, Liaoning)
Xu Chuansheng
(Linyi Normal University, Linyi, Shandong)
Xu Zelin
(Donghua University, Shanghai)
Yang Baoshan
(Northwest University, Xi’an)
Yuan Min
(Northwest University, Xi’an)
Zhao Jiwei
(Northwest University, Xi’an)



Thomas Archibald
Poincaré, Stability Theory, and Saturn’s Rings
June Barrow-Green
The First World War as a source of British Mathematical Practice
Bruno Belhoste
The culture of mathematical problems at the Ecole Polytechnique 1794-1822
Jessica Carter
Introduction of objects : Context and representations
Karine Chemla
Simplicity as a key epistemological value in the development of projective geometry in France (first half of 19th century)
Renaud Chorlay
On the Use of Problems : The case of the Cousin Problems (1883 - 1940)
Leo Corry
Theory and Computations in Number Theory in the USA before 1935 : A Tale Of Provincial Life
Joseph Dauben
China and its Creation of a Professional Culture of Mathematics
Jeremy Gray
Henri Poincaré’s reflections on mathematical and scientific practice
GUO Shirong
The convergent problems of infinite series in Chinese mathematics in the 18-19th centuries
Horng Wann-sheng
Social Status of 19th Century Mathematicians in China, Japan and Korea : Li Shanlan, Fukada Riken and Nam Pyong-gil (1820-1869)
Deborah Kent
The American Journal of Mathematics : Culture and Practice
Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen
Two Different Strands of Thought in the Emergence of the Concept of a Convex body : Epistemic Objects and Techniques
Karen Parshall
The Evolution of a Professional Culture of Mathematics in the United States : 1900-1950
Mitsuo Morimoto
Mathematical Philosophy of Takebe Katahiro
Theodore Porter
Mathematics and the Data-Driven Science
Martina Schneider
Between two disciplines : Van der Waerden and the development of quantum mechanics
Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze
The rise of applied mathematics in Germany between 1890 and 1930 and changes in the profession of the mathematician
Laura Turner
Mittag-Leffler, Stockholms Héskola, and Acta Mathematica : Building a Professional Mathematical Culture in Sweden and Beyond
Ueno Kenji
Theory of algebraic functions in 19th and 20th centuries
Alexei Volkov
Entre chien et loup : Mathematics in Vietnam in the 19th century
Ogawa Tsukane
Methods and Logic in Traditional Japanese mathematics

Note : The list is the part of the invited lectures. The latest information will be updated at the first time. The abstracts of the invited lectures will be provided for downloading soon.