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Giorgio T. Bagni: In memoriam

Karen D. Michalowicz: In memoriam

5th European Summer University on
The History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education

A new journal: Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History

International Journal for the History of Mathematics Teaching

HPM 2004 satellite conference of ICME-10, July 12 - 17, 2004

Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Secondary Mathematics 

Online Magazine on the History of Mathematics and its use in Teaching

History of Mathematics, Codes and Cryptography

Traditional Japanese Mathematics Problems

History in Mathematics Education An ICMI Study

The Journal John Fauvel projected: History of Mathematics in Education

The HPM Tongxun and the Tongxun Group in Taiwan

Giorgio T. Bagni: In memoriam

Giorgio T. Bagni Obituary

Giorgio T. Bagni was born in Milan (Italy) in 16 June 1958. He died the night of 10 to 11 of June 2009, in a bike accident in a little village near Treviso, his home town.
He leaves his wife Luisa and his daughters Chiara and Elena, his parents and his brother. 
He graduated from the University of Padua. For some years he was teacher of Mathematics and Physics in high school and was teaching professor in the University of Bologna and Querètaro (Mexico). In 2000 he was appointed assistant professor in the University La Sapienza of Rome; in 2004 he passed to the University of Udine. In these Universities he taught courses of Logic, History of Mathematics and Sciences, Epistemology, Didactics of Mathematics and Sciences, Geometry, Arithmetic and Number Theory.
On the website, which includes Bagnis homepage we read that until May 2009, he authored 23 books and 274 papers, published in national and international journals and proceedings. His main interests of research were History of Mathematics and his use in teaching, Hermeneutics, Didactics of Mathematics with particular reference to algebra.
He was invited as a speaker in many conferences. He attended the ICMI Study 10
(The role of the history of mathematics in the teaching and learning of Mathematics) and contributed to the resulting ICMI Study book. He presented papers in the Satellite Meetings of HPM and the ESUs. Recently he was the leader of the Working Group on Algebra Thinking, at CERME 6 (Lyon, 2009).

He was a man of wide and deep culture, as evidenced by his appointment in 1999-2002 as a President of the Academy Ateneo di Treviso (Treviso) and his involvement in the popularization of mathematics.

Giorgio was appreciated as a kind person and a high intellectual scholar. His family, friends, and colleagues will miss him so much.

Fulvia Furinghetti

Cuando Un Amigo Se Va
de Facundo Cabral

Cuando un amigo se va, queda un espacio vació

       Que no lo puede llenar la llegada de otro amigo
Cuando un amigo se va, queda un tizón encendido
       Que no se puede apagar ni con las aguas de un rió
Cuando un amigo se va, una estrella se a perdido
       La que ilumina el lugar donde hay un niño dormido
Cuando un amigo se va, se detienen los caminos
      Y se empieza a revelar el duende manso del vino
Cuando un amigo se va. galopando su destino
      Empieza el alma a vibrar por que se llena de frió
Cuando un amigo se va, queda un terreno baldío
     Que quiere el tiempo llenar con las piedras del astillo
Cuando un amigo se va, se queda un árbol caído
     Que ya no vuelve a brotar por que el viento a vencido
Cuando un amigo se va, queda un espacio vació
     Que no lo puede llenar la llegada de otro amigo.

Ubiratan d' Ambrosio
Brazil, June 13, 2009

When a friend passes away, 
       he leaves an empty space you cannot fill with another friend 
When a friend passes away, 
      he leaves a coal burning, not be burnt out by a whole river 
When a friend passes away,
a star gets lost, the one illuminating the place of a sleeping child
When a friend passes away,  
nothing moves and his peaceful spirit starts to emerge
When a friend passes away, following his destiny, 
    our soul starts vibrating by frost
When a friend passes away, 
    a waste land stays only, that time fills in with broken stones
When a friend passes away, 
    a fallen tree remains, no longer able to stand up, swept by the wind

When a friend passes away, 
   he leaves an empty space, you cant fill with another friend

English translation by
Constantinos Tzanakis
Greece, June 15, 2009


In Memory of Giorgio Tomaso Bagni

The sad news of the passing of Giorgio Bagni came through the mail this morning.  Like many 
other colleagues I was shocked by this piece of devastating sad news.

 Giorgio was so very energetic and lively.  Just last year he sent me a photo picturing himself
climbing up a mountain. I first got acquainted with him in Luminy in April 1998 when we 
were both in the same working group of the ICMI Study on the history and pedagogy 
of mathematics. We wrote to each other from time to time after that acquaintance.  
We also met a few more times in subsequent conferences.  Last time we met it was in Rome
in March last year, in his home country.  Besides the discussion we had throughout these years
 one thing he did for me I will forever feel grateful.  Last year he told me he would attend 
a symposium on the learning and teaching of algebra, so I sent him a copy of unpublished 
manuscript of mine related to the subject.  
I was really surprised and thankful that a week or so later he returned to me a translation 
in Italian!
I am impressed by his enthusiasm, hard-working and kindness.

To Giorgio's family I send my sincere condolences on the passing of a valued friend and colleague, 
whom I much missed.
Man Keung Siu
China, June 13, 2009.

Con profonda tristezza ed enorme sgomento mi trovo a rendere nota la morte di Giorgio Tomaso Bagni, docente presso l'Università di Udine.
Giorgio è deceduto a seguito di un incidente stradale avvenuto durante un giro in bicicletta.
La sua scomparsa lascia un enorme vuoto nel mondo della didattica, della storia e dell'epistemologia della Matematica. Stanno giungendo in queste ore messaggi di cordoglio da moltissime persone sparse in tutto il mondo.
Bagni era una persona di cultura vastissima, enorme disponibilità e grande chiarezza espositiva. Ho avuto la fortuna di collaborare con lui in diverse occasioni, una delle quali è il Progetto Lauree Scientifiche del 2007 quando il nostro Istituto ha commemorato il matematico Cauchy , vissuto per due anni qui a Gorizia. Giorgio ha tenuto delle conferenze agli studenti ed ai colleghi presso l'aula Magna dell'ISA "Fabiani" avendo cura di calarsi ad un livello accessibile a tutti senza nulla togliere al rigore e alla sostanza delle idee veicolate. Non sto a citare la quantità enorme di articoli che ha scritto, i diversi libri, le innumerevoli conferenze tenute e i vari gruppi in Italia e all'estero da lui animati. Chiunque voglia saperne di più sul suo conto può andare in rete al sito Voglio solo salutarlo con affetto per l'ultima volta e ringraziarlo pubblicamente anche nome di tutto l'Istituto per l'eredità che lascia a tutti noi.

Caterina Vicentini
Italy, June 13, 2009

With deep sorrow and enormous dismay Im announcing Giorgio Tomaso Bagni, professor at Udine University has passed away.
Giorgio died because of an accident during a bike tour.
His passing away leaves an enormous gap in the world of didactics, history and epistemology of Mathematics. Mourning messages are arriving from lots of people spread all over the world.
Bagni had a huge culture and was always available and extremely clear when he explained something. I had the luck to work with him on different occasions; one of them being the Progetto Lauree Scientifiche in 2007, when our school commemorated Augustin Luis Cauchy, who lived in Gorizia for two years. Giorgio gave two talks for students and teachers in the Main Hall of the Istituto dArte Max Fabiani, taking care of speaking at a level accessible to everyone without loss of rigour, or meaning. Im not quoting now the enormous amount of papers he has written, nor the books and the various groups (Italian or not) in which he was involved. If somebody would like to know something more about him, he can go to the site I only want to say him goodbye with love for the last time and openly thank him, also in the name of my Institution, for the heritage he leaves to all of us.

Caterina Vicentini
Italy, June 13, 2009

Giorgio was a precise, inspired and inspirational thinker and teacher, 
"his heart in the right place" as the Dutch say, 
as many of us for the first time got to know at the ICMI-Study conference in Luminy.
The day is sunny,
but it is the dark shadow which comes to our eyes.
Jan van Maanen
The Netherlands, June 13, 2009



Karen D. Michalowicz: In memoriam

Karen Michalowicz Obituary Math Historian and Teacher
Karen Dee Shuman Michalowicz, 63, died on July 17, 2006 at Arlington Hospital after a courageous battle with a rare form of bone marrow cancer. Ms. Michalowicz was born on November 7, 1942, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As the daughter of Marine Corps fighter pilot ace, Lin Shuman, she traveled extensively as a child. She graduated from St. Anthony Elementary School in Falls Church and spent a portion of her high school years in Jakarta, Indonesia where she taught herself by correspondence courses.
Ms. Michalowicz completed her high school education at St. Marys Academy in Alexandria, received a BA degree from the Catholic University of America, and her Masters degree from the University of Virginia.
Karen devoted her life to education and inspired countless students to love mathematics. She taught middle school mathematics for close to 40 years, was the chair of the Upper School Mathematics Department at the Langley School in McLean and an adjunct professor at George Mason University. She also pursued a love of math history and was a well-respected historian in the area of women in mathematics. She published numerous articles, was editor of a multimedia program on the teaching and learning of math history, and presented over 75 workshops nationally and internationally. Most recently she helped design a series of posters for the Benjamin Banneker Association, for which she also contributed monthly articles for the societys magazine. She was a recipient of the National Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, the American Association of University Women State Teacher of the Year Award and the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics State Teacher of the Year Award.
Ms. Michalowicz also was an inspiration to those who knew her in the way she selflessly gave her time to others and the love she had for the Church. She was especially dedicated to the poor and the elderly. She spent countless hours feeding the poor at So Others May Eat and driving senior citizens from Woodland Hills to church services every Sunday. She was also an organist and dedicated parishioner at St. Anthonys Catholic Church for over 40 years.
But the major accomplishment of her life was as a grandmother of four grandkids. Grandma Karen defined her later years by the time she spent with her grandkids. She completely adored Michael, Stephen, Ellie and Will and was happiest playing and talking to them. In fact, the last day of her life she sat in her hospital room and watched the Disney Channel with two of her grandkids and discussed her favorite characters on the shows with them. It is impossible to describe how much she will be missed by them.
Her survivors include her daughter, Joleen Michalowicz, M.D., her son, Michael Michalowicz and his wife Stephanie, her sister JoEtte Fletcher, her husband Gary and children Veronica, Eric and Samantha, her brother Robert Shuman, his wife Anna and children Sonja, Tanya and Alexa, her mother Irene Shuman, and most especially by her grandkids Michael and Stephen Underwood and Ellie and Will Michalowicz.

M. Michalowicz

Karen Dee Shuman Michalowicz, 63, a middle school mathematics teacher in McLean for nearly 40 years, died of bone marrow cancer July 17 at Virginia Hospital
Center in Arlington. She lived in Falls Church.

She was chairwoman of the Langley School's Upper School math department and was dedicated to her students. She taught fifth-graders concepts such as the
golden ratio and the Fibonacci sequence by pointing out how shells develop and how plants grow leaves. Her demonstration of the concept in nature triggered
fascination with math among many students.

She was very good at showing how math is interesting, how it matters and how it pops up . . . instead of having the class do
long division and multiplication," said Nathan Curtis, one of her students, who went on to an international Math Olympiad. He
told The Washington Post in 1997 that "Ms. Mikey" taught him how the rules of mathematics govern how to accurately draw
plants, clouds, trees or mountains.

Ms. Michalowicz's interests included math history, female mathematicians and the use of geometry in African artifacts, the
topic of a book she reviewed for the Mathematical Association of America. She published numerous articles, and her
collection of old textbooks contained more than 500 books published between 1529 and 1899.

She was an adjunct professor of math at George Mason University, edited a multimedia program on math history and
presented talks at more than 75 workshops. She received the National Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and
Mathematics Teaching in 1990, the American Association of University Women's state teacher of the year award and the
Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics teacher of the year award.

Ms. Michalowicz was a member of the board of Mathcounts, a national enrichment, coaching and competition organization.
She was a member of the National Research Council's U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction and helped
design a series of posters for the Benjamin Banneker Association, contributing articles for its monthly newsletter.

She also volunteered at So Others Might Eat, drove the elderly to church services and played organ at St. Anthony's
Catholic Church, where she was a parishioner for more than 40 years.

Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., she traveled extensively as a child because of her father's Marine Corps career. She finished
elementary school in Falls Church and spent part of high school in Jakarta, Indonesia, taking correspondence courses. She
graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Alexandria and from Catholic University. She also received a master's degree in
education from the University of Virginia.

Her marriage to Joseph Michalowicz ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Dr. Joleen Michalowicz of Falls Church and Michael Michalowicz of Richmond; a sister,
JoEtte Fletcher of Vienna; a brother, Robert Shuman of Potomac; her mother, Irene Shuman of Falls Church; and four

Patricia Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
July 28, 2006; Page B06

I first got to know Karen Dee at the ICMI Study Conference held in Luminy in April of 1998. During this first meeting, I was already grateful for the kind and generous support and encouragement she offered whenever I encountered any problem in my task as one of the group leaders, a task I am obviously not cut out for. Since that time we met again several times in conferences at different places of the world. Each time I enjoyed talking with her and learning from her. I will miss her. 

Man Keung Siu

I am shocked by the sad news about Karen Dee's passing away. I remember how vividly she attended the HPM 2000 Taipei in which she was always taking very active part in the activities. Sometimes she looked just like a thoughtful old mom to my students and assistants. I shall never forget her for her commitment to our community and her enthusiasm about
HPM. Please if appropriately send my warmest regards to her family. 
And if some can forward some information about her career to me, I would like to edit a special issue of the HPM Tongxun in memory of her lasting contribution. 

Wann-Sheng Horng

Karen was one of those special people in the HPM family who really cared about others - her students, teachers, and academic colleagues. It goes without saying that she will be irreplaceable, in her professionalism as well as in her warm and lively personality. We, of course, have been very privileged to know her. For me, it was a pleasure to be in her working group at Luminy, along with Coralie Daniel, Maria Victoria Ponza, and Wendy Troy - and our Chapter 6 is is fine testament to the co-operation she engendered.
I was also privileged to prepare a review of the CD-ROM that Karen and Victor prepared, and am expecting this review to be published soon in the Australian Senior Mathematics Journal. I extend my sincere condolences to her family, her close friends, and her colleagues, especially Victor.
It would be an excellent idea to pay tribute to Karen in the HPM newsletter, and also to organise a special session at the next HPM meeting to celebrate her life and work.

Gail FitzSimons

Even I, who only met her in 2004, did get the feeling of a very warm personality whom I was looking forward to meet again
To me it means that I can never return her name badge
- at the dinner Karen and I exchanged name badges -
so I will keep it as a memory. 

Sten Kaisjer



This is going to be the 5th meeting of this kind.

Time and place

ESU-5 will take place from 
Thursday 19 to Tuesday 24 July 2007 
at Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Pedagogick fakulta, Katedra matematiky a didaktiky matematiky (Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education), Czech Republic.

More information contact 
- For more information on ESU-5 and the previous ESU see the HPM Newsletter issue no58 p.27-30, 
or the ESU-5 website at or contact 
Evelyne Barbin:
Nada Stehlikova:  
Constantinos Tzanakis:

Aim and focus of the ESU 
- to provide a forum for presenting research in mathematics education and innovative teaching methods based on a historical, epistemological and cultural approach to mathematics and their teaching; 
- to give the opportunity to mathematics teachers, educators and researchers to share their teaching ideas and classroom experience; 

- in this way, to motivate further collaboration in this perspective among members of the mathematics education community in Europe and beyond.

Main themes of the ESU-5
1. History and Epistemology as tools for an interdisciplinary approach in the teaching and learning of Mathematics and the Sciences
2. Introducing a historical dimension in the teaching and learning of Mathematics 
3. History and Epistemology in Mathematics teachers education 
4. Cultures and Mathematics 
5. History of Mathematics Education in Europe 

6. Mathematics in Central Europe

Activities during the ESU
The ESU includes a few plenary lectures and panels. A major part of the ESU consists of workshops: There will be 21 2-hours workshops based on didactical and pedagogical material and 28 3-hours workshops based on historical and epistemological material.
Additionally, there will be parallel sessions with 54 30-minute oral presentations and another 31 10-minute short announcements. The scientific program, together with the abstracts of all activities of the ESU is structured along its main themes and is available below, or from its web site.

You may find here the Second Announcement the time schedule, the detailed programme, the list and the abstracts of all activities. For information on accommodation and online registration, please, visit the ESU-5 website at

Invited Speakers 
Theme 1. Leo Corry, University of Tel Aviv (Israel)

Theme 2. Hélène Gispert, University of Orsay (France) & Gert Scubring, University of Bielefeld, (Germany)
Theme 3. Magdalena
Hyksova, Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic)
Theme 4. Luis
Puig, University of Valencia (Spain)
Theme 5. Ulrich
Rebstock, University of Freiburg (Germany)
Theme 6. Fritz Schweiger, University of Salzburg (Austria)

Theme 5. The emergence of mathematics as a major teaching subject in secondary schools

Schubring (Germany) coordinator, Hélène Gispert (France), Livia Giacardi (Italy), Nikos Kastanis (Greece)
Theme 2. Mathematics of yesterday and teaching of to day
Evelyne Barbin (France) coordinator, Abraham Arcavi (Israel), Luis Radford (Canada), Fritz Schweiger  (Austria)

Official Languages
The official languages of ESU-5 are three: English, Czech and French.

Important deadlines 
- Early registration by February 28, 2007, registration fee 90 EUR / 50 EUR (for students and Czech school teachers)    - Late registration by May 31, 2007, registration fee 120 EUR / 70 EUR (for students and Czech school teachers) 
Participants wishing to register after May 31, 2007, should pay on the spot 150 EUR / 100 EUR (for students and Czech school teachers) 

 For accommodation in student residences, apply via the registration form by March 31, 2007 
For waived registration fee, apply via the registration form by January 15, 2007.

Online registration will be closed on May 31, 2007. Participants wishing to register later, should contact


Submission of proposals
The deadline for proposals for oral presentations and workshops has expired since 15 May 2006 and notification of acceptance had been sent in early June 2006. 
However, proposals for 10-minutes short oral presentations, or poster presentations (with an abstract of no more than 200 words to be included in the proceedings) can still be submitted until February 28, 2007. Please submit the title and a short abstract (including full name, affiliation and e-mail & postal addresses to:
Evelyne BARBIN, Chair of the ESU-5
Postal address
: Centre François Viète, Faculté des sciences et des techniques, 2 rue de la Houssinière, BP 92208, 44322 Nantes Cedex, France

The (international) Scientific Program Committee (SPC) -Evelyne Barbin, University of Nantes (France), chair 
-Nada Stehlikova, Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), co-chair 

-Constantinos Tzanakis, University of Crete (Greece), co-chair

-Abraham Arcavi Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
-Michel Balieu, CREM (Nivelles), Université Libre de Bruxelles, (Belgium)
-Martina Becvarova, Czech Technical University of Prague (Czech Republic)
Otto B. Bekken, Agder University College, ristiansand (Norway)
-Carlos Coreia de Sa, University of Porto (Portugal)
-Ubiratan d Ambrosio Campinas University, Sao Paolo, (Brazil)
-Abdellah Elidrissi Ecole Normale Supérieure, Marrakech (Morocco)
-Gail FitzSimons Monash University, Victoria (Australia)
-Eduard Fuchs, Masaryk University of Brno (Czech Republic)
-Fulvia Furinghetti, University of Genoa (Italy)
-Magdalena Hyksova, Czech Technical University of Prague (Czech Republic)
-Sten Kaisjer, University of Uppsala (Sweden)
-Victor Katz, University of  the District of Columbia, Washington, DC (USA)
-Manfred Kronfellner, Vienna University of Technology (Austria)
-Ladislav Kvasz Comenius University, Bratislava (Slovakia) -Ewa Lakoma, Military University of Technology of Warsaw (Poland)
-Antoni Malet, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (Spain)
Eva Milkova, University of Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)
-Luis Radford Université Laurentienne Sudbury, Ontario (Canada)
-Leo Rogers, University of Roehampton (UK)
-Gert Schubring, University of Bielefeld (Germany)
-Man-Keung Siu University of Hong Kong (China)
-Jan van Maanen, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

The Proceedings will be published after ESU-5, so that authors are given the opportunity to enrich their text as a result of the feedback they will gain during this European Summer University.
30 September 2007
: deadline for submitting the full text of oral presentations and workshops, and the abstract for short oral presentations.
30 November 2007
: Notification of acceptance or not of the submitted full texts.

Each submitted full text for a workshop, or an oral presentation will be reviewed by at least two members of the Scientific Programme Committee at the usual international standards. The Proceedings will also contain abstracts of all short presentations.
It is expected that the proceedings will be available before the HPM Satellite Meeting of ICME 11 (HPM 2008), in July 2008 and will be sent to all registered participants by ordinary mail. More details can be found in the ESU-5 websites  



From the Newsletter No.60
November 2005

A new journal

Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science provides critical, timely assessments of books published in the history of what was called science from antiquity up to the early modern period in cultures ranging from Spain to India, and from Africa to northern Europe. This review, which is published by the Institute for Research in Classical Philosophy and Science (Princeton, NJ), is now in its second volume.
Its primary aim is to promote the study of pre-modern
science by allowing reviewers the opportunity to engage critically both the results of recent research in the history of science and how these results are obtained.

How to subscribe Aestimatio will be distributed electronically free of charge at


From the Newsletter No.59
July 2005

International Journal for the History of Mathematics Teaching

The rousing success of the Topic Study Group 29, The History of Learning and Teaching Mathematics, at the International Congress on Mathematics Education in Copenhagen in 2004, demonstrated the need for a permanent and stable international forum for scholarly research in history of mathematics teaching. TSG 29s impact as the first international forum with a focus on mathematics education history continues to reverberate; and thus we feel confident that an international journal devoted to the history of mathematics teaching, complementary to journals in mathematics education, mathematics, and the history of mathematics, will be of substantial interest to educators, policymakers, researchers, historians, and mathematicians.
The major aim of the International Journal for the History of Mathematics Teaching is to provide mathematics teaching and mathematics education with its memory, in order to reveal the insights achieved in earlier periods (ranging from Ancient time to the late 20 th century) and to unravel the fallacies of past events (e.g., reform euphoria).

For an initial submission to the journal one hard copy and a diskette with the manuscript saved in rich text format should be mailed to Alexander Karp, IJHMT, Program in Mathematics, Box 210, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY, 10027, USA. Another copy of the manuscript (with all figures and tables) saved as a Microsoft Word document should be e-mailed as an attachment to 
Authors intending to publish a paper in the first issue should submit it by October, 15th 2005

Editorial board

Chief Editor: Gert Schubring (Bielefeld University, Germany) Managing Editor: Alexander Karp (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA/Russia)

Abraham Arcavi (Israel)
Elena Ausejo (Spain)
Ahmed Djebbar (France/Algeria)
Eileen Donoghue (USA)
Fulvia Furinghetti (Italy)
Paulus Gerdes (Moçambique)
Hélène Gispert (France)
Wann-Sheng Horng (Taiwan)
Jeremy Kilpatrick (USA)
João Bosco Pitombeira (Brazil)
Leo Rogers (Great Britain)
Yasuhiro Sekiguchi (Japan)
Harm Jan Smid (Netherlands)



HPM 2004 satellite conference of ICME-10, July 12 - 17, 2004
Uppsala, Sweden

The HPM Satellite Conference of ICME-10 took place on July 12 - 17, 2004 in the historic town of Uppsala, Sweden and was organized by the Department of Mathematics at Uppsala University.

The chairman of the local Organising Committee was Sten Kaijser, who was also the contact person in Uppsala. An International Programme Committee has been founded consisting of

      Programme Committee 
Fulvia Furinghetti (chairperson) Dipartimento di Matematica, Universita di Genova, Italy

  Sten Kaijser (secretary) Department of Mathematics, University of Uppsala, Sweden
Abraham Arcavi, Weizmann Institute of Science,Israel
  Evelyne Barbin, Centre Francois Viete, France
  Gail FitzSimons, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
Paulus Gerdes, Ethnomathematics Research Centre, Maputo, Mozambique
Wann-Sheng Horng, Department of Mathematics, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
Victor Katz, University of the District of Columbia in WashingtonDC, USA
Jan van Maanen, Department of Mathematics, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Sergio Nobre, Departamento de Matematica, UNESP, Rio Claro SP, Brazil
Luis Radford, Ecole des sciences de l'education, Universite Laurentienne, Sudbury, Canada
Eleanor Robson, Oriental Institute, Oxford, UK
Gert Schubring, Institut fur Didaktik der Mathematik, Universitat Bielefeld, Germany
Man-Keung Siu, Department of Mathematics, University of Hong Kong
Constantnos Tzanakis, Department of Education, University of Crete, Greece

      About the conference
HPM is the International Study Group on the Relations between History and Pedagogy of Mathematics affiliated to ICMI. Among the activities of the group HPM there is the tradition of organising satellite meetings of the conference ICME. We list below these meetings:

1984 ICME-5 (Adelaide, Australia), satellite meeting in Sturt Campus of the University of Adelaide
1988 ICME-6 (Budapest, Hungary), satellite meeting in Florence (Italy)
1992 ICME-7 (Quebec, Canada), satellite meeting in (Toronto, Canada)
1996 ICME-8 (Seville, Spain), satellite meeting in (Braga, Portugal)
2000 ICME-9 (Tokyo-Makuhari, Japan), satellite meeting in (Taipei, Taiwan).
2004 ICME-10 (Copenhagen, Denmark), satellite meeting in (Uppsala, Sweden)

The HPM Satellite conference is a unique occasion to attend lectures, workshops, research reports from all over the world about the use of history in mathematics education, history of mathematics, history of mathematics education. The participants to the HPM meetings are researchers in history, in mathematics education, and teachers who have experimented the use of history in their teaching.

     Books or proceedings published after the previous HPM Satellite Meetings:
Calinger, R. (editor): 1996, Vita mathematica, MAA Notes n.40. (HPM 1992)

 Lagarto, M. J., A. Vieira & E. Veloso (editors): 1996, Proceedings of Second European Summer University and Satellite Meeting of ICME-8 (Braga, Portugal). (HPM 1996)
Katz (editor): 2000, Using history to teach mathematics: An international perspective, Mathematical Association of America. (HPM 1996)
 Horng, W.-S. & F.-L. Lin (editors): 2000, Proceedings of the HPM 2000 Conference History in Mathematics Education: Challenges for a new millennium. A satellite meeting of ICME-9. (HPM 2000)
Furinghetti F., Kaisjer S.,  Vretblad A.(editots): 2004, Proceedings of  the 4th Summer University on the History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education & the HPM Satellite Meeting of ICME 10 (Uppsala, Sweden), (HPM 2004). 
Note: A second enlarged and amended version of these proceedings is under progress

Web page:

Fulvia Furinghetti & Sten Kaijser


From the Newsletter No.57
November 2004

Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Secondary Mathematics 
Edited by Victor J. Katz and Karen Dee Michalowicz. 
Published by the MAA

Recent developments in mathematics education, like those exposed in the NCTMs Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (1989) or Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000), have brought to the fore new challenges and opportunities for using history in the teaching of mathematics in U.S.A..
A major step in attaining this goal has been the establishment of the Institute in the History of Mathematics and its Use in Teaching (IHMT), administered by the Mathematical Association of America and funded by the National Science Foundation. In IHMT, people coming from U.S. high schools, colleges and universities have had an intense summer program in the history of mathematics and its use in teaching, since 1995. A special part of the IHMT has been the Historical Modules Project, codirected by V. Katz and K.D. Michalowicz, where about thirty high school and college teachers of mathematics teamed up to produce the following modules:

1. Archimedes (activities from the work of Archimedes, 119 pages)
2. Combinatorics (the elementary formulas for combinations and permutations along with an introduction to probability, 92 pages)
3. Exponentials and Logarithms (the development of the exponential and logarithmic functions with applications,
133 pages)
4. Functions (the general idea of a function, with illustrations from many sources, 120 pages) 
5. Geometric Proof (an historical study with numerous examples, 112 pages)

6. Lengths, Areas and Volumes (activities from around the world dealing with the measurement of these quantities, 213 pages)
7. Linear Equations (the idea of a proportion along with the solution of linear equations and systems of linear equations, 73 pages)
8. Negative Numbers (how these quantities are used and why, 111 pages)
9. Polynomials (methods for solving quadratic and cubic equations, as well as more general polynomials, 113 pages)
10. Statistics (basic concepts of statistical reasoning, including graphs, 75 pages)

11. Trigonometry (from the creation of a sine table to the measurement of plane and spherical triangles, 191 pages)


From the Newsletter No.56
July 2004

Online Magazine in the History of Mathematics and its use in Teaching

The MAA announces the launching of a new online magazine in the history of mathematics and its use in teaching, entitled Convergence:Where Mathematics, History and Teaching Interact, with the financial support of the National Science Foundation. The target audience is teachers of grades 9-14 mathematics, be they secondary teachers, two- or four-year college teachers, or college teachers preparing secondary teachers. (Grade 9-14 mathematics encompasses algebra, synthetic and analytic geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics, elementary functions, calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations. It is usually the mathematics taught to pupils of ages approximately 14 20.) 
The editors of the magazine are Victor J. Katz, from the University of the District of Columbia, and Frank Swetz, from Penn State University, Harrisburg. 

Convergence can be accessed through the MAA home page, or directly through 

Questions, ideas for articles, or electronic manuscripts can be sent electronically to Victor Katz at 


From the Newsletter No.53
July 2003

History of Mathematics, Codes and Cryptography (with CD-ROM)
Mathematics in School, January 2003, Vol.32, No. 1. Special Issue

Copies of Mathematics in School, January 2003, Vol. 32, No. 1. Special Issue: History of Mathematics can be obtained from The Mathematical Association, 259 London Road, LEICESTER LE2 3BE, UK Telephone 0116 221 0013 or email to place your order.


From the Newsletter No.53
July 2003

Traditional Japanese Mathematics Problems of the 18th and 19th centuries
by H. Fukagawa & J. F. Rigby
35.00 including p&p.

Copies will be sent airmail from Singapore, but sterling cheques payable to J. F. Rigby, together with name and address for delivery (and e-mail contact address if possible), should be sent to Dr J. F. Rigby, Flat 5 Cathedral Court, Cathedral Green, Llandaff, CARDIFF CF5 2EB, UK (Please allow 28 days for delivery)


From the Newsletter No.52
March 2003

History in Mathematics Education
An ICMI Study
Now available in paper back.


See the Newsletter No.52 for details on ordering and the discount for ICMI members (for which you are all eligible).


From the Newsletter No.51
November 2002

The Journal John Fauvel projected: History of Mathematics in Education

The last email John Fauvel sent me, on the typical email date Tue Oct 10 17:14:49 MET 2000, contained the text of a proposal that John and I had been working on in the months after finishing the ICMI Study about the role of the history of mathematics in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The proposal was still a draft, but we had discussed it already with quite a few colleagues, and also with Michel Lokhorst of Kluwers who had published the ICMI Study book.

Johns idea and great wish was to have a journal about the overlap of history, mathematics and education, a field that he had cultivated since the early 1990s, in his publications but most importantly in his organisational work for the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) Study Group, which he chaired in the years 1992 to 1996.

This note presents the proposal, and ends with a call to all of you, hoping that together we can make Johns vision to some extent come true.

Jan van Maanen

See the Newsletter No.51


From the Newsletter No.64
March 2007

The HPM Tongxun and the Tongxun Group in Taiwan

Since October of 1998, Wann-Sheng Horng began to publish in Taiwan the HPM Tongxun on a monthly basis. The Tongxun has ten issues (both printed and electronic versions) each year and is circulated in printed form of 500 copies to local math teachers and historians of mathematics of the international Chinese community. 
By now the Tongxun has earned its due reputation among the local community,
thanks to more experiments have been conducted by the young HPM activists in order to better serve its original aim; namely, to initiate more activities concerning the HPM as well as the history of mathematics.
A total of about forty correspondents plus ten editorial members can
assure the creation of a unique local HPM, in which several of the members act both as a teacher and a historian, despite the fact that a registered learned society is yet to be established, hopefully in the near future.
W-S. Horng
For more details, see the HPM TongxunReport.pdf




International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI)

America's Chapter of the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics

African Mathematical Union Commission on the History of Mathematics in Africa (AMUCHMA)

Instituts de Recherche sur l'Enseignement des Mathematiques (IREM)

British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM)

David Joyce's History of Mathematics Home Page

Euclid's Elements by David E. Joyce

The Italian Society of History of Mathematics (SISM)

The Math Forum Internet Resource Collection

 International Study Group on Ethnomathematics

Japanese Temple Geometry Problem by Hiroshi Kotera

Societad Brasileira de Historia da Matematica (SBHMat)

St Andrews MacTutor History of Mathematics

The International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME)

Laboratorio di Macchine Matematiche