Austrian Society for the History of Sciences


The Influence of the Media on the Development of Mathematics”

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

from Sunday, May 21st to Saturday, May 27th, 2006

approx EUR 295 (per person, in a single room)
approx EUR 260 (per person, in a double room)
(includes rooms with bath and toilet, all meals, an excursion, the proceedings of the meeting, and transfer from and to the railway station)
for accommodation in a category 'A' room add EUR 30

Programme (as of May 5th, 2006)

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

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

Dear colleagues,

I am glad to invite you to Austria for the 8th Austrian Symposion on the History of Mathematics. Due to the expressed wish of many participants and the schedule of related meetings in the years 2006 and 2007 our symposion will take place in May 2006 in the week of Ascension Thursday.

The location Miesenbach has found general approval. Miesenbach is 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 &Ounl;hler. Nearby, there are many possibilities for hiking, such as an easy walk to a waterfall, and alpine climbing, and for sightseeing as well. For instance, Miesenbach features a museum dedicated to Friedrich Gauermann (an Austrian painter of the Biedermeier era), or you may visit the Mariahilferberg, a place of pilgrimage near Gutenstein, the Raimund memorial (Ferdinand Raimund was a Austrian popular playwright), and many other places. The Schneeberg mountain (nearly 7000 ft high) can be reached from Puchberg by rack railway.

The fee includes all meals from Sunday evening to Saturday morning (buffet breakfast, choice of menus for lunch and dinner), the transfer from the railway station, an excursion, and the proceedings of the meeting. All rooms have shower, bathroom, 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.

The purpose of the idea behind the general theme is to study the influence of media and the working conditions on the development of mathematics. Mathematical ideas and results has been passed on by different means, by oral traditions, engraved on clay tablets, written on papyri, pergament rolls, paper or in books – manuscripts or printed – or are distributed by electronic media. These different forms surely had a great influence on the way of thinking and communicating. Languague and symbols are as important as all aspects of typography (for example Regiomontan who developed the layout of tabels in his own printing house – or Donald E. Knuth who invented a new typesetting system TeX for this purpose). Another aspect of the theme is to study the mental process from the problem and the first idea to its final form. If possible, the contributions of the participants should be guided by these ideas and bring examples from different periods and fields with the emphasis on the mathematical content.

As usual, there will be proceedings of the meeting with short versions (approximately 5 pages) of each talk.

I want to inform as many colleagues as possible interested in the history of mathematics, and thus ask you to help me distributing this announcement. Please feel free to forward it to everyone who you think might be interested (or let me know 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 <>.

I am looking forward to welcoming you in Miesenbach next May.
Christa (Binder)



Sunday, May 21, arrival in the afternoon, dinner at 7 p.m.

Monday, May 22, morning:

Ulrich Reich (Karlsruhe) Handschrift und gedrucktes Buch – was ist Henne, was ist Ei?

Harald Gropp (Heidelberg) Morning star and evening star in East and West

Sergio Nobre (Rio Claro, Brasilia) Die Institutionalisierung der Forschung auf dem Gebiet Geschichte der Mathematik in Brasilien. Was wurde schon gemacht … was ist noch zu machen

Monday, May 22, afternoon:

Marko Razpet (Laibach) Zu den Lah-Zahlen mit Hilfe der umbralen Rechnung

Friedrich Katscher (Vienna) Rechnen mit Jetons in Frankreich

Gerhard Lindbichler (Vienna) Alte Rechenmaschinen (Staffelwalzen- und Sprossenradmaschinen)

Milos Canak (Belgrade) Johann Sebastian Bach und Mathematik (Concert in the evening)

Tuesday, May 23, morning:

Stefan Deschauer (Dresden) Anspruchsvolle mathematische Probleme in einem byzantinischen Manuskript von 1436

Serge Demidov (Moskow) The first Russian manuscript on theoretical geometry (1630 or 1625) and its author

Jasna Fempl-Madjarevic (Belgrade) Equations through history – Her Majesty the Equation

Tuesday, May 23, afternoon:

Svetlana Petrova (Moskow) Sur l'histoire de la methode du polygone de Newton

Nada Razpet (Laibach) Influence of computers on teaching geometry

Herwig Saeckl (Regensburg) Rolle der Zeitschrift Archiv fuer Mathematik und Physik

Gert Schubring (Bielefeld) Stabilität und Wandel: Vergleich von Entwicklungmustern fuer eine Geschichte mathematischer Lehrbuecher seit der Antike.

Wednesday, May 24, morning:

Franz Pichler (Linz) Walsh Funktionen und Anwendungen – ein historischer Ueberblick

Karl-Heinz Schlote (Altenburg) Hopfs elementare Bemerkung zur Loesung elliptischer Differentialgleichungen

Milos Canak (Belgrade) Ueber die historische Entwicklung und die harmonikale Bedeutung der Vekuaschen Differentialgleichung

Wednesday, May 24, afternoon:

Excursion to Wiener Neustadt, visit of the library at the Neukloster and the Military Academy

Thursday, May 25, (Ascension Day), morning:

Phil J. Davis (Providence) Mathematics and the media look at each other

Ivor Grattan-Guinness (London) The reception of Goedel's incompletability theorems by mathematicians, 1931 - 1960

Peter Ullrich (Koblenz) Die Herausgabe der Weierstrassschen Formeln und Lehrsaetze … durch H.A. Schwarz

Thursday, May 25, (Ascention Day), afternoon:

Martina Becvarova (Prague) Mathematician Emil Weyr and some his activities

Christina Phili (Athens) On P. Zervos' Infinitesimal Calculus in the beginning of XXth century

Jozsef Kolumban (Cluj) The development of the school of mathematics in Cluj
(A hundred years ago, even more …)

Friday, May 26, morning:

Rita Meyer-Spache (Garching) Einige Anmerkungen zur Entwicklung von Computational Plasma Physics and Scientific Computing

Renate Tobies (Berlin-Linz) Graphische Methoden in den ersten Jahrzehnten des 20. Jahrhunderts – im Kontext der angewandten Mathematik

Magdalena Hyksova (Prague) From Parlor Games to Computer Networks

Friday, May 26, afternoon:

Annette Vogt (Berlin) Vorlesungs-Mitschriften als Quelle

Waltraud Voss (Dresden) Das unverzichtbare Medium Akte: Berufungsvorgaenge am Polytechnikum Dresden im Spiegel der Geheimakten von Gustav Zeuner

Peter Schmitt (Vienna) Der Einfluss von \TeX auf das Publizieren in der Mathematik

Saturday, May 27, Departure after breakfast

Further participants:

Klaus Barner (Kassel)
Christa Binder (Vienna)
Wolfgang Breidert (Karlsruhe)
Gerlinde Faustmann (Wiener Neustadt)
Menso Folkerts (Munich)
Detlef Gronau (Graz)
Michael von Renteln (Karlsruhe)
Ligia Arantes Sad (Brasilia)

Not yet sure:

Ma Li (Stockholm)