Mathematics - by mathematicians often called the ‘queen of the sciences’ - has not recently been a favourite subject for humanity students. Teachers of mathematics therefore welcome popularization of mathematics. History of mathematics, or rather stories about mathematicians and mathematics, are therefore used as a divertimento in mathematics lessons. However, is mathematics (and its history) indeed something that is not part of our lives?
The meeting traditionally strives to support interdisciplinary debate and explore various approaches to history of mathematics. We would like to offer a view of mathematics as an indispensable part of our culture.
If you intend to participate, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 November 2012, preferably including the title and abstract of your talk. Abstracts received by 31 December 2012 will be included to the pre-conference volume with recommended reading, which will be send to the participants two weeks before the winter school.
Thursday: arrival and informal introductory meeting
Friday morning: history of mathematics used in its popularization – a discussion
Friday afternoon: contributed talks and discussion based on recommended reading
Saturday morning: invited lecture and a discussion
Luděk Vacín (Max-Planck Institute for the History of Sciences, Berlin): Mathematics and Society in the Middle East, or Were Mathematicians Magicians?
Saturday afternoon: contributed talks or excursion to the pilgrimage church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelena Hora
Sunday (morning only): lecture and closing discussion
Doubravka Olšáková (Institute for Contemporary History ASCR, Prague): Popularization of mathematics after 1948 in its institutionalised form