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2000 Fall Western Section Meeting
San Francisco, CA, October 2122, 2000
Meeting #958
Associate secretaries: Bernard Russo, AMS brusso@math.uci.edu
Special Session on History of Mathematics

Saturday October 21, 2000, 8:30 a.m.10:50 a.m.
Special Session on History of Mathematics, I
Room 317, HSS Building Organizers: Shawnee McMurran, California State University San Bernardino mcmurran@prodigy.net
James J. Tattersall, Providence College tat@providence.edu

8:30 a.m.
Solving Victorian Math Problems: A Senior Project.
Shawnee L McMurran*, California State University San Bernardino
(95801257)

9:00 a.m.
Arabic Algebra Before (?) alKhwarizmi.
Barnabas Hughes*, California State Univesity, Northridge
(9580148)

9:30 a.m.
Mina Rees and Her Influence on Mathematical Research.
Amy E Shell*, United States Military Academy
(95801117)

10:00 a.m.
The evolutionary origins of mathematical ability: Preliminary Report.
Keith Devlin*, St Mary's College of California
(9580184)

10:30 a.m.
The functional equation of the Riemann zeta function.
Jennifer E Beineke*, Trinity College
(95801241)

Saturday October 21, 2000, 3:00 p.m.5:20 p.m.
Special Session on History of Mathematics, II
Room 317, HSS Building Organizers: Shawnee McMurran, California State University San Bernardino mcmurran@prodigy.net
James J. Tattersall, Providence College tat@providence.edu

3:00 p.m.
Nineteenthcentury Developments in Geometric Probability: J.J. Sylvester, M. Crofton, J.E. Barbier, and J. Bertrand.
Eugene Seneta, University of Sydney
Karen V. Parshall*, University of Virginia
Francois Jongmans, University of Liege
(9580197)

3:30 p.m.
G.H. Hardy, the London Mathematical Society, and the rise of British pure mathematical research in the first half of the 20th century.
Adrian C Rice*, RandolphMacon College
(95801133)

4:00 p.m.
Statistics in the U.S. Comes of Age: A Case Study in American Influence Abroad, Preliminary report.
Patti W Hunter*, Westmont College
(95801130)

4:30 p.m.
Mathematics and Politics: Shaping the Mathematical Landscape in PostUnification Italy.
Laura Martini*, University of Virginia
(9580198)

5:00 p.m.
Quadric, cubic, and quartic cones.
Anatoly B. Korchagin*, Texas Tech University
(9580134)

Sunday October 22, 2000, 8:30 a.m.10:50 a.m.
Special Session on History of Mathematics, III
Room 317, HSS Building Organizers: Shawnee McMurran, California State University San Bernardino mcmurran@prodigy.net
James J. Tattersall, Providence College tat@providence.edu

8:30 a.m.
The Josephus Problem Revisited.
James J Tattersall*, Providence College
(95801128)

9:00 a.m.
Gerbert: A Guy in the Right Place at the Right Time.
Betty Mayfield*, Hood College
(95801124)

9:30 a.m.
The Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Kristen S Moore*, University of Michigan
(95801281)

10:00 a.m.
Symbolical Algebra as a Foundation for Calculus: D. F. Gregory's Contributions.
Patricia R. Allaire, CUNY Queensborough
Robert E. Bradley*, Adelphi University
(9580145)

10:30 a.m.
Geometry Civilized and Churches Astronomized.
John L Heilbron*, University of California, Berkeley
(95801258)
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