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 19, 2018, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, in the Saint Augustine Center, Room 300.

We begin the evening with conversation and a light supper (donation: $10:00), and at approximately 6:30-6:45, the talk will begin. Professor John Botzum of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania will be the guest speaker and his lecture will cover:

Title: The Phi-bonacci Sequence

Sometimes innocent questions from students can stir long-forgotten memories and stimulate mathematical investigation.  Last year I took over my wife's Discrete Mathematics course for a week.  I spent much of the first class working out elementary induction proofs and introducing recurrence relations.  At the end of the class, one of the students asked if there was a recurrence relation for the nth term of the Fibonacci sequence.  I was in a hurry to teach a class 45 minutes away, so I foolishly replied that I did not think there was.  On the drive to my other job, I recalled Binet's formula which prompted me to dig up notes on this subject that I had long since forgotten.  This paper will discuss my discovery and re-discovery of the beautiful interplay between Binet's recurrence relation, the Golden Mean, and the Fibonnacci Sequence, as well as, discuss whether Binet was the first to discover the formula.

 

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 the Saint Augustine Center, Room 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:
Christine Gadonas 610.519.4809

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