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Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science

Société canadienne d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences


Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics Société canadienne d’histoire et de philosophie des mathématiques

Annual Meeting / Colloque annuel
University of Calgary/ L’université de Calgary
May 29-31, 2016 / 29- 31 mai 2016

Special Session / Séance Spéciale
Mathematics and Logic in the 19th and 20th Century /
Mathématiques et Logique au 19ième et 20ième Siècle

Kenneth May Lecturer / Conférence Kenneth May
Dr. Jamie Tappenden, Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan

The CSHPM will be holding its 2016 Annual Meeting at the University of Calgary in conjunction with the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The meeting will be held Sunday through Tuesday, May 29-31, 2016.

Members are invited to present papers on any subject relating to the history of mathematics, its use in the teaching of mathematics, the philosophy of mathematics, or a related topic. Talks in either English or French are welcome. Graduate students who present are eligible for the CSHPM Student Award.

Please send your title and abstract (200 words or less) in Word or in the body of an email by February 1, 2016 to the contact listed below.

La SCHPM organisera son colloque annuel de 2016 à l’Université de Calgary, au sein du Congrès des sciences humaines et sociales 2016. Le colloque aura lieu du dimanche 29 mai au mardi 31 mai 2016.

Les membres sont invités à faire une présentation sur n’importe quel sujet de l’histoire des mathématiques, son utilisation dans l’enseignement des mathématiques, de la philosophie des mathématiques, ou tout autre sujet connexe. Les présentations en anglais ou en français sont bienvenues. Les doctorants qui font une présentation sont admissibles au Prix des Étudiants de la SCHPM.

Veuillez envoyer le titre de votre exposé, ainsi qu’un bref résumé de 200 mots ou moins en format Word ou à l’intérieur d’un courriel avant le 1 fevrier 2016 à:


Thomas Drucker
Department of Mathematics
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790


Eisso Atzema
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

Other News

Motion re: Federal Scientists

MOVED: The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science endorses the principle of the federal scientists' freedom to communicate, and reaffirms the centrality of the ability of scientists to communicate for the advancement of science

Link to the petition:

Motion re: Nova Scotia Bill 100

MOVED: In light of recent legislation in Nova Scotia, Bill 100, the Universities Accountability and Sustainability Act, given Royal Assent on May 11, 2015,
CSHPS deeply regrets the passage of this Act, because it:

• Threatens academic freedom and the integrity of academic institutions
• Fails to reflect adequately the contribution of universities to the economy and liberal society of Nova Scotia
• Does not properly recognize university governance structures and oversight mechanisms
• Fails to take into account the systemic underinvestment in PSE that has led to these issues
We therefore urge all governments to reject and repeal such legislation or draft regulations that remedy these concerns.

Link to NS Bill 100:

Three Societies Meeting 22-25 June 2016, Edmonton, Canada.

The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, the History of Science Society, and the British Society for the History of Science would like to announce the eighth Three Societies Meeting which will be held 22-25 June 2016 at the University of Alberta.

This international event brings together scholars from around the world and has been held every four years since 1998, most recently in Philadelphia (2012), Oxford (2008), and Halifax (2004).

We would like to invite you to save the date and join us for what promises to be an exciting meeting!

For more information, contact


Manchester Manifesto

On the occasion of the largest global meeting of historians of science, technology, and medicine we, the officers and members of the Division of the History of Science and Technology of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology affirm the following:

(1) Science, technology, and medicine have been abiding features of humanity for millennia and are integral parts of society and culture throughout the globe.

(2) Scientific, technical, and medical literacy is a public good.

(3) We support the study of nature and strive to render it comprehensible to the scientific community and to the wider public through conscientious scholarship and public outreach activities in the human family’s many languages.

(4) Historical scholarship on science, technology, and medicine should seek a full and nuanced accounting of the growth, progress, problems, and prospects of these essential human activities. This supports awareness that science, technology and medicine, when rightly prosecuted, are a public good.

(5) Historians of science, technology, and medicine can build bridges between different cultures through collaboration and examination of different perspectives, heritages, and styles of thinking.

(6) An understanding of the history of science, technology, and medicine enhances the teaching of general history as well as the teaching of the methods and context of science, technology, and medicine.

(7) The artifacts of science, technology, and medicine constitute an essential material heritage of humankind. These materials must be preserved, interpreted, and further developed by professionals with a deep knowledge of their cultural significance.

Therefore, in the interests of global betterment and putting knowledge to work, the united participants of the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine held at Manchester, UK, in July 2013 declare:

1. The history of science, technology, and medicine should be supported and financed regularly and continuously by state and private institutions to ensure that younger generations are familiar with their scientific, technological, and medical heritage as interpreted by appropriately-trained historians.

2. The history of science, technology, and medicine merits prominent integration into the curricula of high schools, colleges, and universities. Local and national practices should guide this integration.


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