Maynooth Conference in the History of Mathematics

There will be a joint Irish History of Mathematics (IHoM) and British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) Conference at Maynooth University on August 1st and 2nd 2019.


Maynooth University


1st & 2nd August 2019


Day 1 will focus on invited talks on a selection of  mathematical texts  from the Russell Library. Confirmed speakers (as of 28th May) are:

  • Philip Beeley, University of Oxford, 'TBA'.
  • Catherine Goldstein, Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive gauche, 'Jean Prestet’s Elements of mathematics : algebra as a basis for mathematics at the end of the 17th century'.
  • Niccolò Guicciardini, University of Milan, 'On two early editions of Isaac Newton’s mathematical correspondence and works: William Jones’s Analysis per quantitatum, series, fluxiones ac differentias (1711) and the Royal Society’s Commercium epistolicum (1713)'
  • Boris Jardine, University of Cambridge, 'TBA'
  • Yelda Nasifoglu, University of Oxford, 'Mathematics education in early modern Jesuit colleges'.
  • Kevin Tracey, University of Swansea and the London Science Museum, 'Ramus amongst the Jesuits: Reading Introductory Mathematics in the Irish Colleges of Spain'
  • Benjamin Wardhaugh, University of Oxford, 'Reading Euclid in the Maynooth collection'

Day 1 will also feature a visit to the Russell Library to view their collections, which include works of Galileo, Copernicus, Fermat, and Newton, to name but a few. There will be a conference dinner in the evening.

Day 2 will follow a format similar to previous IHoM conferences, and will allow for a combination of longer and shorter talks. Confirmed speakers and titles (as of 28th May) are:

  • Joseph Bennett, Maynooth University and Institute of Technology, Carlow, 'Grand Prix des Sciences Mathématiques 1882'.
  • Piotr Błaszczyk, Pedagogical University of Cracow, 'On how Descartes changed the meaning of the Pythagorean theorem'.
  • Rod Gow, University College Dublin, 'Francis Hutcheson: an Irish-born philosopher with mathematical interests'.
  • Sue Hemmens, Marsh's Library, 'The Bishop, the Knight, his Wives, and a Book: an Arabic Euclid from the collection of Narcissus Marsh'.
  • Gavin Hitchcock, 'Fellowship of imaginations: A dialogue between Hamilton & De Morgan'.
  • Christopher Hollings, Mathematical Institute & The Queen’s College, Oxford, 'Reading the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus'.
  • Peter Lynch, University College Dublin, 'Gabriel Stoke's Fundamental Contributions to Fluid Dynamics'.
  • Clare Moriarty, University College Dublin, ' 'Reasons for Not Replying' : A Masterclass in Trolling from an 18th Century Bishop'.
  • Maurice O’Reilly, Dublin City University, 'Using original sources with undergraduate mathematics students: an exploration of the mathematical treasures in Marsh’s Library'.
  • Anne van Weerden, Utrecht University, 'A biographer's opinion as primary source : the strange case of Sir William Rowan Hamilton'.

Registration: There will no registration fee**, but registration is compulsory, please fill out the registration form. Registration closes on Friday July the 12th at 5pm GMT.

**As there is no registration fee, we expect that conference delegates will have to pay for their own lunch and dinner.
Lunch will be available in the University dining area, and the conference dinner will be hosted in a local pub restaurant, the Roost - Roost Dinner Menu


Dr Ciarán Mac an Bhaird (Maynooth University) and Dr Philip Beeley (University of Oxford)

In collaboration with Barbara McCormack (Special Collections Librarian).