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:
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The PASHoM will meet Thursday from 6:00PM to 8:00PM in St. Augustine Center Room 300.
Conversation will begin at 6:00PM and a light supper will be provided (Donation: $10.00). When the discussion lags, about 6:30, V Frederick Rickey of The United States Military Academy at West Point will speak on:
There are many interesting things in the cyphering books that George Washington compiled as a teenager: His study of decimal arithmetic is straightforward, but understanding some of the errors he made can be fun. He had a technique for partitioning a plot of land into two equal pieces, bit it was wrong---and so was his source. Some things are hard to understand for time has passed them by. For example, his pre-Eulerian trigonometry is a mystery today, so we shall elucidate it. We shall present some pages of the cyphering books that the Library of Congress did not digitize because they were at Cornell, Dartmouth and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.