Byron Emerson Wall

Coordinator,

Science
& Technology Studies Program

Senior Lecturer

Department of Mathematics and
Statistics

and Division of Natural Science

Faculty of Science and
Engineering, York
University

Norman
Bethune College and Winters College

**Office:**

Phone: 416-736-2100, ext 20559, Fax: 416-736-5892

E-mail: bwall@yorku.ca

**Current Teaching Responsibilities:**

For
Summer 2011:

SC/NATS
1730 Scientific Change

**Scholarly Interests:**

Exposition
and interpretation of science and its place in civilization.

The
history of the application of mathematical models.

The
history of mathematical logic and probability theory, especially John Venn.

**Books:**

*The Price of Prosperity: Civilization in the Natural
World*, 2004.

*Glimpses of Reality: Episodes in the History of
Science*, 2003.

*The Nature of Science: Classical and Contemporary
Readings, *1990 (editor)

*Science in Society: Classical and Contemporary Readings, *1989 (editor)

**Recent
Articles:**

“John Venn, James Ward, and
the Chair of Mental Philosophy and Logic at the *Journal of the History of Ideas* 68 (2007):131-155.

“John Venn’s Opposition to Probability as Degree of Belief,” *Studies
in History and Philosophy of Science* Part A. 37 (2006): 550-561.

“Causation, randomness and pseudo-randomness in John Venn’s Logic of Chance,” *History and Philosophy of Logic* 26
(2005): 299-319.

**Recent
Conference Presentations:**

“The Lure
of the Fundamental Probability Set of Equally Likely Events” AMS Special
Session on the History of Mathematics, Joint Meeting of the American
Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, New Orleans,
LA, January 7, 2011

“Pinning
Down Outliers: 19th Century Stabs at Exact Probabilities for Rare Events”
AMS Special Session on the History of Mathematics, Joint Meeting of the
American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, San
Francisco, CA, January, 2010

“Some 19th century Arguments for the
Rational Assignment of Probabilities for Possible events in Nature” Joint
meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society and the Canadian Society for the
History & Philosophy of Mathematics,

Joint meeting of the British
Society for the History of Science, the History of Science Society, and the
Canadian Society for the History & Philosophy of Science, Keble College,
Oxford University, July 5, 2008

**Education:**

**Degrees:**

Institute
for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, M.A., 1974; Ph.D.,
1977.

Rotman
School of Management,

Drew University,
B.A. (Mathematics), 1968

**Other studies:**

Music theory & composition, Tulane University, 1961-1965.

Classics/Intellectual History, St. John’s College,
1965-1966.

German, Hope College
(

Piano, University of
Illinois, 1968.

Piano and composition, Royal Conservatory of
Music,

Finance, Canadian
Securities Institute, 1979-1980.

Trumpet, Private student of Chase Sanborn, 1992-2000.