Austrian Society for the History of Sciences


Topic:   “VIEWING THE BIG PICTURE—are there Long Lines in the Development of Mathematics?”

in Miesenbach, Lower Austria
between the valley of the Piesting and Puchberg am Schneeberg

from Sunday, April 22, to Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Costs: EUR 320 approx (per person, in a single room)
EUR 280 approx (per person, in a double room)

(includes rooms with bath and toilet, full board, transfers from and to the railway station, an excursion, and the proceedings volume;
for accommodation in a category A room add EUR 30)

Organization: Dr. Christa Binder
Institute for Analysis and Scientific Computing
Vienna University of Technology
Wiedner Hauptstr. 8-10/101
1040 Vienna

Phone:   +43 1 58801 10129
FAX:  +43 1 58801 10199

Dear colleagues,

The 11th Austrian Symposion on the History of Mathematics will take place in the week from Sunday, April 22 (arrival in the afternoon) till Saturday, April 28, 2012 (departure after breakfast).

Reference to the topic:

Detailed studies are very important and interesting, but this time we look at wider perspectives, general patterns, and links between different developments at various times and places.
Is there one line, or at most only a few?
Where are connections?
Do the details fit into the whole picture?
Are similar themes treated similarly?
Is the choice of a field by individual mathematicians motivated by the same or by different reasons?

Miesenbach and the hotel Börsenhof which were much appreciated on the previous occasions will welcome us for the fifth time. Miesenbach is a small and idyllic village, approximately 50 km south of Vienna, between the valley of the Piesting (train station) and Puchberg am Schneeberg (another train station), in a valley between the mountains Hohe Wand and Oehler. Nearby, there are many possibilities for hiking, ranging from an easy walk to a nearby waterfall to alpin climbing, and for sightseeing, as well. For instance, Miesenbach offers a museum dedicated to Friedrich Gauermann (an Austrian painter of the 'Biedermeier' era), or you can visit the Mariahilferberg, a place of pilgrimage near Gutenstein, the Raimund memorial (Raimund was an popular Austrian playwright) and many other places.

The quoted price includes all meals from Sunday evening to Saturday morning (buffet breakfast, menu with choices for lunch and dinner), the transfer from and to the railway station, an excursion and the proceedings volume of the meeting. All rooms have shower, toilet, telephone and SAT-TV; the category A rooms are located in a new building, they are more spacious and avail of a balcony. You may choose the category of the room on a first come – first served basis.

As usual, a proceedings volume of the meeting will be published, containing short versions (5 pages approx) of the talks.

This message is of course sent to all colleagues known to me, but in order to reach as many as possible of those interested in the history of mathematics, I ask you to help me distribute this announcement.  Please feel free to forward it to everyone who you think might be interested (or send me the names and addresses).

News will be distributed per email (preferred) or letter to everyone who answers in any form till the end of January 2012.  You may also visit the website of the Austrian Society for the History of Sciences.  Information on the hotel and the village may also be found on the internet <>.

I am looking forward to welcoming you in Miesenbach next April.

Christa (Binder)


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