Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHoM)

 

A seminar of faculty from colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area, with a shared interest in the history of mathematics. The seminar meets monthly during the academic year. Usually the seminar meets at 6:00 p.m. on a Thursday evening at Villanova University for a light meal, conversation and a presentation.

Established January 2001 for persons in the greater Philadelphia area to:

  • share our common interest in history of mathematics,
  • encourage one another in our research efforts,
  • offer a forum for reporting on work in progress.

To add your name to our emailing list,  send information to alan.gluchoff@villanova.edu

Click for directions to Villanova University.

A complete archive of past talks and abstracts is available here.

Directions: Villanova University is located on route 30, Lancaster Avenue, just east of I-476. If you drive to the meeting, enter Villanova by the main gate on Ithan Avenue. By order of the Parking Office, all parking is now in the M-2 (formally the Saint Augustine Center lot),  newly refurbished to a multistory structure. You will need to display your parking pass.

Public transportation: Take SEPTA's Paoli - Thorndale train to the Villanova station. If outbound from center city go down through the tunnel to the inbound side. From the inbound platform a few steps lead to the Mendel parking lot. Proceed to St. Augustine , Room 300. 

You can get in touch with me (Alan Gluchoff) at 610-905-1376 if you need help.

 

Upcoming PASHoM events

 

The Philadelphia Area Seminar on History of Mathematics will meet on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm., in Saint Augustine Center, Room 300.

We begin with conversation and a light supper (donation: $10:00).  When the discussion lags, about 6:30 to 6:45, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings will speak on:

Title: John Playfair and His Misnamed Axiom

The term "Playfair Axiom" is a mainstay of school geometry textbooks as well as one of the few things many mathematicians know about John Playfair (1748-1819), Professor of Mathematics and then of Natural Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.  However, the ubiquity of the phrase masks considerable historical complexity.  At least three different versions of the statement circulate among speakers of English - only two of which appeared in the editions of Playfair's Elements of Geometry - while the underlying concept dates back to Proclus.  Additionally, the versions are not logically equivalent with each other.  I will discuss recent research that has revealed new information about when and why "Playfair Axiom" became commonplace as a label.

 

Directions:

Villanova University is located on route 30, Lancaster Ave, just east of I-476.  If you drive to the meeting enter VIllanova by the main gate on Ithan Ave.  By order of the Parking Office, all parking is now in the Saint Augustine Center lot, newly refurbished to a multistory structure.  You will need to display a parking pass, which will follow in a later email.  You can get in touch with me (Alan Gluchoff) at 610-905-1376 if you need help.

Public Transportation:

Take SEPTA's Paoli - Thorndale train to the Villanova station.  If outbound from center city go down through the tunnel to the inbound side.  From the inbound platform a few steps lead to the Mendel parking lot.  Proceed as above to Saint Augustine 300.

Contact Information

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
SAC Room 305
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4850
Fax: 610.519.6928
Email: math@villanova.edu

Chair:
Dr. Douglas Norton

Staff:
Marie O'Brien, 610.519.4809
Lorraine McGraw, 610.519.4850

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