Just to let people know that there will be 2 day Conference on "Euclid and his Heritage" at Oxford on the 7-8th October 2005. The conference is free but registration is essential - www.claymath.org/euclid
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A conference on Euclid and his Heritage is to beheld on the occasion of the publication, for the first time, of a complete digital edition of the oldest surviving manuscript Euclid's Elements. Written around 300 BC, this is *the* founding document of mathematics. The manuscript, dating from the year 888 AD, was copied by Stephen the Cleric in Constantinople, and since 1804 has been in the collection of the Bodleian Library. The digital edition was prepared by the Octavo corporation, which photographed the manuscript at the Bodleian in the fail of 2004.
The conference will bring together classicists, historians, mathematicians and philosophers to provide a fresh look at Euclid's work, the transmission of Greek science from ancient to modem times, and the influence over twenty-three centuries of the Greek revolution in mathematics - the notion of proof, the systematic use of figures, the organization of a complex and interconnected body of knowledge in the form of an axiomatic system.
The conference is open to all those in the research and scholarly communities as well as anyone with an interest in the origins and development of scientific thought. Facsimiles of selected pages of the manuscript to be discussed will be provided to all conference participants.
Speakers will include: Sonja Bren History of Science and Mathematics, ISMC, Aga Khan University, London Bill Casseiman, Mathematics, University of British Columbia Jeremy Gray, History of Mathematics, Open University Robin Hartshorne, Mathematics, UC Berkeley Alexander Jones, Classics, University of Toronto Ian Mueller, Philosophy, University of Chicago Eleanor Robson, History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University Mark Schiefsky, Classics, Harvard University