L’institut Ottawa-Carleton de recherches en mathématiques et en statistique

et le Centre de Recherches Mathématiques présentent la


le samedi 31 mars 2007

Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Mathematics and Statistics, and the

Centre de Recherches Mathématiques will host the


Saturday, March 31, 2007


Related event on Friday, March 30, 2007:

  • 15:30 Karen V. H. Parshall, University of Virginia 4000 Years of Algebra: An Historical Tour from BM 13901 to Moderne Algebra


  • How is it that the high school analysis of polynomial equations and the modern algebra of the research mathematician---so seemingly different in their objectives, in their tools, and in their philosophical outlook---are both called "algebra"? Are they even related? The fact is that they are. This talk will sketch the long and complicated story of how they are related via a 4000-year-long history that stretches from Mesopotamia around 1800 B.C.E.---when mathematicians recorded an algorithm for solving quadratic equations on clay tablets like BM 13901, held today in the British Museum---to the publication in 1930 of Bartel van der Waerden's classic text, Moderne Algebra.


    All talks will be in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Ottawa, 585 King Edward (KED on the campus map, between Laurier and Osgoode), room B5.


    Participants will be given a parking permit for the parking lot T behind the department. Please talk to one of the local organizers as soon as possible after your arrival.

    Financial Support:

    Financial support for participating graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is available. If you are interested please contact one of the local organizers as soon as possible.

    Local organizers:

    Erhard Neher (neher@uottawa.ca) and Michel Racine (racine@uottawa.ca).