“History of/in Mathematics Education” at CSHPM 2022

Also Accessing the Recordings at CFHSS Congress

2022 Anniversaries in the History of Canadian Science and Technology

First posted Friday, May 27, 2022 / Yom shishi, 26 Iyar, 5782, Yom 41 Ha-Omer

By David Orenstein, Emeritus, Danforth CTI


CSHPM 2022 “History of/in Mathematics Education” Panel

As I mentioned in my previous post, “My… paper, at CSHPM, on the 1992 ICME [International Congress on Mathematical Education], was part of a [special] panel called: ‘History of/in Mathematics Education’ ”.

The panel ran for two hours on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00am to 12 Noon EDT. There were three of us presenting. First, it was Jorge Nuno Silva from the University of Lisabon / Universidade de Lisboa on advanced arithmetic of  around the years 1 CE and 1000 CE, then David Dunning (Oxford University) presenting Mary Everest Boole’s (George Boole’s wife and widow) mathematics pedagogy, and finally me.

The session ended with a half hour panel and general questions and discussion of the issues around the History of Mathematics Education and using of History of Mathematics in the teaching Mathematics.

Jorge did a superb job of creating visual simulations of converting Roman numerals to pieces on a counting board, manipulating these counters to do a multiplication or division, and converting the final position into Roman numerals.

While Mary Boole was dedicated to preserving her husband’s memory, she had a major impact on pedagogy, especially of mathematics. Her direction was to humanise and enrich education at all levels, accord to David D.

I started by looking at Math Ed in the news such as the recent New Equity Preamble to the Ontario Grade 9 Mathematics Curriculum. I summarised the different aspects of the 1992 Quebec City ICME programme such as The Math Trail / Le Sentier mathématique in Vieux Québec, Benoît Mandelbrot’s (of fractal fame) Plenary Lecture, University of Ottawa’s Michael P. Closs look at Early Mayan Mathematics Education, the Study Group on using History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education, and so much more.

We were ably chaired by my fellow retiree, David Bellhouse (Statistics, University of Western Ontario), who provided the remaining Canadian content  of our CSHPM Conference. Using the online archive of the Winnipeg Free Press as his main source (because of pandemic restrictions), he traced the story of Statistics as a discipline and a profession in Manitoba. There was government collection of agricultural data, quality control at breweries (my favourite), and its academic growth at the University of Manitoba (which hosted the 1909 Winnipeg BAAS).

Access to CSHPM & CSHPS at CFHSS 2022 Session Recordings

In reply to my previous post, Dag Spicer, Senior Curator of the IEEE”s Computer History Museum, wrote:

“I’m a graduate of the IHPST (University of Toronto) back in ’93… I so wanted to attend this year’s conferences but I missed them.

“I do notice on the AHSTC homepage you note that, ‘Recordings of most of the sessions are already available and will remain so for another two… weeks.’

“Is there any way I could have access to them?”

Here’s what I know so far:

  1. Recordings available until June 3.
  2. Registration still open but at the same prices.
  3. Registration for professionals is $270 CAN = $208 US, incl. member’s registration for CSHPS and CSHPM.
  4. Non-prof. rate, $100 CAN = $77 US,  e.g. for retirees like me.

I’ve wrote to the Congress administration last weekend, but I haven’t received any further information.

Another Online Conference

Starting this Sunday, May 29, I’m going to another online conference. It’s with another Canadianist group just like CSTHA/AHSTC, the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS), “a national organization that promotes the study of the Canadian Jewish experience!”

This conference will run from Sunday to Tuesday, May 29-31. Highlights include a panel comparing the Australian and Canadian Jewish experience, with something similar fitting well as part of CSTHA/AHSTC 2023. Also, a culinary workshop on Kosher Poutine! And much, much more! But that will be another story.


1) CSHPS full programme with abstracts:


2) CSHPM full programme with abstracts:


3) CFHSS Congress Registration, incl. CSHPM and CSHPS Conference Registration:


4) CFHSS Open Sessions with Recording Links:


5) CSHPM Sessions Recording Links:


6) CSHPS Sessions Recording Links:


7) IEEE Computer History Museum homepage is at:


8) IEEE CHM Online Exhibit, “Revolution:  The First 2000 Years of Computing”:


9) ACJS May 29-31 Conference Registration (free or by donation):


10) ACJS May 29-31 Conference Programme:


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