Lorentz Center - Mathematical Life in the Dutch Republic from 6 Dec 2010 through 10 Dec 2010
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    Mathematical Life in the Dutch Republic
    from 6 Dec 2010 through 10 Dec 2010


The workshop is organized around the main subthemes, roughly covered on the successive days. Each day consists of two morning lectures and two afternoon lectures.

The third day is intended as an outreach to the public, consisting of mathematics teachers, mathematicians and others interested. It consists of lectures for a general public and a ‘history lab’ focusing on working with historical mathematics.



Day 1 (Monday 6 December)


10.30 – 11.00         Welcome and opening. (15m Lorentz; 15m organizers: setting the stakes)

11.00 – 12.15         Keynote Lecture. Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin). Practical and theoretical knowledge in early modern Italy. Commentator: James McAllister

12.15 – 14.00         Lunch + Informal Discussion

14.00 – 15.15         Liesbeth de Wreede (Leiden). Humanist Mathematics. Commentator: Bart Karstens

15.15 – 15.45         Break

15.45 – 17.00         Stephen Johnston (Oxford). Practices of Mathematics in England. Commentator: Tim Nicolaije

17.0017.30         Flash Presentations by Junior Researchers



Day 2 (Tuesday 7 December)


09.0010.15         Keynote Lecture. Rienk Vermij (Oklahoma). What happened to astrology? Commentator: Matteo Valleriani

10.15 – 10.45         Break

10.4512.00         Jan Hogendijk (Utrecht). Van Ceulen and Van Roomen, Scaliger. Commentator: Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis

12.0013.00         Lunch

13.0013.30         Introduction to CKCC

13.3015.30         Group Discussions

15.30 – 16.00         Break

16.0017.15         Jaap Top (Groningen). Van Ceulen’s Epitaph. Commentator: Jan van Maanen

                                 Conference diner



Day 3 (Wednesday 8 December)


09.0010.15         Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis (Twente). The Metius Dynasty. Commentator: Huib Zuidervaart

10.15 – 10.45         Break

10.4512.00         Hendrik Lenstra (Leiden). Early Number Theory. Commentator: Jantien Dopper

12.0013.00         To Town

13.0014.00         [participants] Visit Bibliotheca Thysiana; then to Museum Boerhaave (individual)

13.0016.00         [public] History Lab at Boerhaave Museum, reading and assessing historical mathematical instruments and texts.

16.0016.45         Public Lecture in Boerhaave (in Dutch). Steven Wepster (Utrecht). Het eindeloze getal π. (The endless number π)

16.4517.15         Dutch Championship Circle Drawing.



Day 4 (Thursday 9 December)


09.0010.15         Charles van den Heuvel (KNAW/VKS). Servants of Mathesis”: Practical Demonstrations and Rethorical Use of Mathematics. Commentator: Djoeke van Netten

10.15 – 10.45         Break

10.4512.00         Keynote Lecture. Kirsti Andersen (Aarhus). Dutch mathematicians’ contribution to the geometrical theory of perspective. Commentator: Jeroen Goudeau

12.0013.00         Lunch

13.0014.30         Group Discussions

14.30 – 15.00         Break

15.0016.15.        Michael Korey (Dresden). Mathematicians and Instruments at German Courts. Commentator: Nicolàs de Hilster

16.1517.30         Ad Meskens. Mathematics in Antwerpen. Commentator: Gabriëlle Winckel



Day 5 (Friday 10 December)


09.0010.15         Olaf Mörke (Kiel). The Oranges and the Dutch Republic from German Perspective. Commentator: Arjen Dijkstra

10.15 – 10.45         Break

10.4512.15         Group Presentations

12.1513.15         Lunch

13.1514.30         Round Table. Mathematics and the Republic in History

14.30 – 15.00         Break

15.0016.30         Keynote Lecture. Klaas van Berkel (Groningen). 25 Years in the ‘Voetspoor’ of Stevin