Northwest Independent Scholars Association

Next Meeting

WEDNESDAY November 8, 2023, at 7:30 P.M.

At Margaret DeLacy's house

7356 SE 30th. Av. 97202
Call 503-774-7017 for direction
Fortieth birthday party celebration and presentation: 

Michael Meo will present a work in progress

concerning the translation of Eduard Kummer's 1844 paper (published in Liouville's Journal de mathématiques pures et appliquées, in 1847), in Latin. 

Michael writes, “While I expect to have only 5 or so of the 28 pages of the Latin original rendered into English by that time, most of my presentation will be on the significance of Kummer's paper, not only for the eventual proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, but even more importantly for the development of modern mathematics more generally, right down to a present-day controversy concerning the so-called ABC Conjecture.  

I plan to explain the topic at the level of a high-school student.  The context involves the establishment, within Prussia, of theoretical mathematics as a topic of university instruction for the first time (and what the Prussian educational bureaucracy intended to accomplish by that establishment); the talk will thus combine both internal and external history of mathematics."












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