Austrian Society for the History of Sciences



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

from Sunday, May 16 to Saturday, May 22, 2004

Costs: appr. EUR 285 (per person, in a single room)
appr. EUR 250 (per person, in a double room)
(includes rooms with bath and toilet, all meals, transfer from and to the railway station, an excursion, and the volume of the meeting; for accommodation in a category A room add EUR 30)

Organization: Dr. Christa Binder
Institute for Technical Mathematics
Vienna University of Technology
Wiedner Hauptstr. 8-10/1141
A 1040 Vienna

Tel.:  +43 1 58801 11415
Fax:  +43 1 58801 11499

Dear colleagues,

The 7th Austrian Symposion on the History of Mathematics will take place one year before schedule in May, 2004. The reason is an accumulation of meetings planned for spring, 2005. Moreover, we have to abandon the village of Neuhofen an der Ybbs, as well, and replace it by Miesenbach, a small idyllic village between the valley of the Piesting (train station)* and Puchberg am Schneeberg (another train station)*, in a valley between the mountains Hohe Wand and Öhler. Nearby, there are many possibilities for hiking, such as an easy walk to a waterfall, and alpin climbing, and for sightseeing, as well. For instance, Miesenbach offers a museum dedicated to Friedrich Gauermann (an Austrian painter from the ‘Biedermeier’ era), or you may visit the Mariahilferberg, a place of pilgrimage near Gutenstein, the Raimund memorial (Raimund was an Austrian author of popular plays) and many other places.

*)   There is a possibility to have transportation organized from Vienna Airport to Miesenbach. This minibus (8 persons max) costs EUR 95,-. That may be a reasonable and much more confortable alternative to the train journey.

The price includes all meals from Sunday evening to Saturday morning (buffet breakfast, choice of menus at lunch and dinner), the transfer from the railway station, an excursion (probably with the rack-railway onto the Schneeberg), and the volume of the meeting. All rooms have shower, toilet, telephone and SAT-TV, the category A rooms are in a new building, they are bigger, and have a balcony. You may choose the category of the room on a first come, first serve basis.

I assume that for every historian of mathematics this year's theme, “Jubilees – opportunity or nuisance?”, rings a chord. Now and then, we all are asked to give talks, or to contribute a paper, commemorating some anniversary, mostly of a birth or a death. Undoubtedly, many stimulations arise from such jubilees, while, at the same time, many other topics are neglected.

The talks should be between half an hour and one full hour please state your wishes, I will try to make a schedule allowing plenty of time for discussions and breaks.  As usual, there will be a volume of the meeting with short versions (5 pages approx) of each talk. Please send me the title of your talk and the short version till April 15th, 2004.

I will try to inform as many colleagues interested in the history of mathematics as possible, nevertheless I ask you to help me distributing 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 replies in any form till end of January 2004. You may also check this website <>.
Information on the hotel and the village may also be found on the internet <>.

Preliminary Programme:

Monday, 17th May, 2004, 9.30 - 12.00 AM:

Opening and administrative remarks.
Wolfgang Breidert (Karlsruhe, Germany): Kant und die Mathematik.
Friedrich Katscher (Vienna): Die Geschichte der Multiplikation.

Monday, 17th May, 2004, 4.00 - 6.30 PM:

Lászlo Filep (Nyiregyhaza, Hungary): A new interpretation of Platos geometrical numbers.
Rita Meyer-Spache (Garching near Munich, Germany): 100 Jahre Frauenstudium offiziell - Mathematikerinnen seit Aristoclea, der Lehrerin des Pythagoras.
Harald Gropp (Heidelberg, Germany): Jubilees and calendars - Iranian and European calenders in comparison.

Tuesday, 18th May, 2004, 9.30 - 12.00 AM:

Seguie Demidov (Moscow): Die mathematische Gesellschaft in Moskau: eine der ersten mathematischen Gesellschaften in Europe, 140 Jahre alt.
Lászlo Filep (Nyiregyhaza, Hungary) - Gabor Deszö (Cluj, Romania): Noted mathematicians of Franz Joseph University.
Milos Canak (Belgrade, Serbia): Über den Terzenaufbau der Akkorde.

Tuesday, 18th May, 2004, 4.00 - 6.30 PM:

Magdalena Hyksova (Prague, Czech Republic): Several milestones in the history of game theory.
Jasna Fempl (Belgrade, Serbia): Belgrade mathematical school from the first part of the 20th century, including one Serbian mathematician of German origin.
Ulrich Reich (Karlsruhe, Germany): "Sicher feiern Sie den 500. Geburtstag des grössten Sohnes Ihrer Stadt ..." - persönliche Erfahrungen mit Jubiläen.

Wednesday, 19th May, 2004, 9.30 - 11.30 AM:

Herbert Pieper (Berlin, Germany): Netzwerk des Wissens und Diplomatie des Wohltuns. Berliner Mathematik, gefördert von A.v. Humboldt und C.F. Gauss.
Christine Phili (Athens, Greece): 1837 - 1937: ein Jahrhundert der höheren Institutionen in Griechenland.

Wednesday, 19th May, 2004, afternoon:

Exkursion by rack railway on the "Schneeberg" mountain, departure from hotel 12.45 AM.

Thursday, 20th May, 2004 (Ascension Day, holiday), 9.30 - 12.00 AM:

Philip Davis (Providence, USA): The Decline, Fall, and Current Resurgence of Visual Geometry: Mathematics is a multisemiotic enterprise.
Walter Purkert (Bonn, Germany): Felix Hausdorff - Aspekte seines Lebens und Werkes.

Thursday, 20th May, 2004 (Ascension Day, holiday), AM 4.00 - 6.30 PM:

Milos Canak (Belgrade, Serbia): Über die Geschichte der mathematischen Schachtheorie, II.Teil, Über die Anwendung der Graphentheorie auf das Schachbrett.
Friedrich Katscher (Vienna): Die Gleichungstransformationen bei Cardano.
Klaus Barner (Kassel, Germany): War Fermat ein Humanist?

Friday, 21th May, 2004, 9.30 - 12.00 AM:

Renate Tobies (Kaiserslautern, Germany): 100-jähriges Jubiläum der ersten ordentlichen Professur für angewandte Mathematik: Ein Blick auf Carl Runge.
Gerlinde Faustmann (Wiener Neustadt): Georg Vega (1754 1802), Jubiläen - Originaldokumente.

Friday, 21th May, 2004, 4.00 - 6.30 PM:

Herwig Saeckl (Regensburg, Germany): Ferdinand Lindemann: Lehren und Lernen in der Mathematik (1904) - Vom Nutzen der Mathematikgeschichte.
Waltraud Voss (Dresden, Germany): Georg Helm - ein Dresdner Mathematikprofessor.
Karl-Heinz Schlote (Leipsig, Germany): Die Begründung des Theoretisch-Physikalischen Instituts in Leipzig.

Further Participants:

Ludwig Danzer (Dortmund, Germany)
Detlef Gronau (Graz)
Edmund Hlawka (Vienna)
the Kohl-Eisenhauer couple (Switzerland)
Walter Kuba (Vienna) 
Ma Li (accompanied) (Stockholm, Sweden)
Gerhard Lindbichler (Vienna)
Franz Pichler (accompanied) (Linz)
Michael von Renteln (accompanied) (Karlsruhe, Germany)
Peter Schmitt (Vienna)
Peter Schuster (Pöllauberg, Steiermark)
Nina Sirbu (Moldawia)
Hans and Gerlinde Wussing (Leipsig, Germany)
I am looking forward to welcoming you in Miesenbach this May,
Christa (Binder)

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