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Neugebauer Conference at ISAW: November 12-13, 2010

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    Neugebauer Conference at ISAW: November 12-13, 2010 A Mathematician s Journeys: Otto Neugebauer between history and practice of the exact sciences The
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      Neugebauer Conference at ISAW: November 12-13, 2010

      A Mathematician's Journeys:
      Otto Neugebauer between history and practice of the exact sciences

      The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

      Lecture Hall
      15 East 84th Street
      New York, NY 10028
      isaw@...
      www.nyu.edu/isaw
      *events are free and open to the public

      Please RSVP day(s) attending to isaw@...

      Friday and Saturday, November 12-13, 2010

      2010 marks the twentieth anniversary of Otto Neugebauer's death. Neugebauer, more than any other scholar of recent times, shaped the way we perceive and study ancient science. Less known among historians of science but just as important is his role in the contemporary mathematical community. Though he only coauthored a single mathematical paper not on a historical subject, Neugebauer's career was at the heart of the mathematical life during the period before, during and after World War II. While tracing the ancient transmission of the mathematical sciences, Neugebauer was himself part of a modern stage of these processes, and his career as much as his scholarship responded to his conviction that mathematical reasoning was a phenomenon unlimited by nationality, language, or culture.

      In the present conference, which will be hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU, we propose to cast new light on the many facets of Neugebauer's career, his impact on the history and practice of mathematics, and the ways in which his legacy has been preserved or transformed in recent decades, looking ahead to the directions in which the study of the history of science will head in the twenty-first century.

      Participants:
      Lis Brack-Bernsen, University of Regensburg
      Karine Chemla, CNRS REHSEIS-SPHERE
      Dennis Duke, Florida State University
      B.R. Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh
      Jens Høyrup, University of Roskilde
      Hermann Hunger, University of Vienna
      Teije de Jong, University of Amsterdam
      Agathe Keller, CNRS REHSEIS-SPHERE
      Duncan Melville, St. Lawrence University
      Mathieu Ossendrijver, University of Tübingen and ISAW, NYU
      Christine Proust, Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées, Marseille
      Lewis Pyenson, Western Michigan University
      Jim Ritter, Université de Paris 8
      David Rowe, University of Mainz
      Janet Sachs-Toomer, Boca Raton
      George Saliba, Columbia University
      R. Siegmund-Schultze, University of Agder
      John Steele, Brown University
      N. M. Swerdlow, California Institute of Technology
      G. J. Toomer, Boca Raton

      Respondents:
      Jed Buchwald, California Institute of Technology
      Sylvain Cappell, Courant Institute, NYU
      Harold Edwards, Courant Institute, NYU
      Peter Lax, Courant Institute, NYU

      For further information about the conference including the full program, please visit the conference website at https://sites.google.com/site/neugebauerconference2010/.

      This conference is made possible through the support of the Leon Levy Foundation, and of the following institutions: Brown University; Courant Institute, NYU; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Transitions (CNRS-NYU); REHSEIS (CNRS), and CNRS.

      -Chuck Jones-
      ISAW - NYU
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