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1996 Fall Western Sectional Meeting
Pasadena, CA, November 1617, 1996
Meeting #917
Associate secretaries:
William A Harris, Jr, AMS
wharris@math.usc.edu
Special Session on History of Mathematics

Saturday November 16, 1996, 8:30 a.m.10:50 a.m.
Special Session on History of Mathematics, I
Room 151, Sloan Laboratory
Organizers:
Shawnee L. McMurran, Pomona College
James J. Tattersall, Providence College tat@providence.edu

8:30 a.m.
Pythagoras and the Crisis over Incommensurability
Samuel S. Kutler*, CSHPM
(9170195)

9:00 a.m.
The History of the Bachet Equation
William Sherron Anglin*, University of Toronto
(9170116)

9:30 a.m.
A Mathematician's Tale: The Life of Vito Volterra
Judith Goodstein*, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
(9170180)

10:00 a.m.
A research student in Cambridge, 19311933.
John Todd*, Caltech
(9170114)

10:30 a.m.
Multiple Fourier Series in the Post World War II Era.
Victor L. Shapiro*, University of California, Riverside
(9170178)

Saturday November 16, 1996, 3:00 p.m.5:20 p.m.
Special Session on History of Mathematics, II
Room 151, Sloan Laboratory
Organizers:
Shawnee L. McMurran, Pomona College
James J. Tattersall, Providence College tat@providence.edu

3:00 p.m.
P.A.M. Dirac
Shawnee L. McMurran*, Pomona College
(9170169)

3:30 p.m.
Solution to an ancient combinatorial riddle
Richard P. Stanley*, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(9170122)

4:00 p.m.
Cubic curves, coordinates and classification: Geometric style between Newton and Euler.
John D. Andersen*, Institute for History and Philosphy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
(91701109)

4:30 p.m.
The Number Theoretic Legacy of Sophie Germain
Reinhard C Laubenbacher*, New Mexico State University
David Pengelley, New Mexico State University
(9170136)

5:00 p.m.
Report on the Institute in the History of Mathematics and its Use in Teaching
David Barsky, California State University, San Marcos
Janet Beery, University of Redlands
John Burns, Mt. San Antonio College
Shirley Gray, California State University, Los Angeles
Lilian Metlitzky*, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Robert Stein, California State University, San Bernardino
(91701119)

Sunday November 17, 1996, 8:30 a.m.10:50 a.m.
Special Session on History of Mathematics, III
Room 151, Sloan Laboratory
Organizers:
Shawnee L. McMurran, Pomona College
James J. Tattersall, Providence College tat@providence.edu

8:30 a.m.
Charles Babbage and Cryptography
James J. Tattersall*, Providence College
(9170172)

9:00 a.m.
Early Voyages Into Logarithmic Seas
Barnabas B. Hughes*, California State University, Northridge
(9170118)

9:30 a.m.
Historical pi calculations via the student project
C. Ara Pehlivanian*, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
(91701101)

10:00 a.m.
Debeaune's Commentary on Descartes' Geometry
C. Edward Sandifer*, Western Connecticut State University
(9170197)

10:30 a.m.
The Early History of the Cornell Math Department: A Case Study inthe Emergence of the American Mathematical Community
Gary G. Cochell*, CulverStockton College
(91701107)

Sunday November 17, 1996, 3:00 p.m.4:50 p.m.
Special Session on History of Mathematics, IV
Room 151, Sloan Laboratory
Organizers:
Shawnee L. McMurran, Pomona College
James J. Tattersall, Providence College tat@providence.edu

3:00 p.m.
Charles L. Dodgson's Contributions to Linear Algebra and to the Theory of Parallels
Francine F. Abeles*, Kean College of New Jersey
(9170181)

3:30 p.m.
Alfred Tarski comes to the USA: The hard years.
Anita Burdman Feferman*, Stanford University
(91701117)

4:00 p.m.
When Tarski met G\"odel.
Solomon Feferman*, Stanford University
(91701118)

4:30 p.m.
Mathematical Etymology
John Horton Conway*, Princeton University
(91701126)
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