CSHPM Online Colloquium

The Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (http://www.cshpm.org/) and the History of Mathematics Special Interest Group of the MAA invite members as well as the broader scholarly community to the next talk in our joint online colloquium series via Zoom. Participants are encouraged to become CSHPM members (for as little as $10-$30/year, depending on your employment status), but it is not required. Non-members can get regular updates on our activities by liking us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cshpmschpm). The talk will last 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A.

Brenda Davison, Simon Fraser University, will deliver the second talk of the CSHPM/HOM-SIGMAA Online Colloquium series.
DATE: April 19th
TIME: Vancouver 11:00; Montreal/Toronto 14:00

TITLE: Divergent series and asymptotic expansions, 1850-1900

ABSTRACT: Divergent series enjoyed a period of free and easy use in the eighteenth century. This was somewhat curtailed in the early nineteenth century even though interesting applied problems were solved using asymptotic expansions of divergent series during that time. In the second half of the nineteenth century asymptotic expansions were placed on a firm and rigorous foundation such that their use become standard practice by early in the twentieth century. I elucidate how and why that happened by examining the work on asymptotic expansions of George Gabriel Stokes, Jules Henri Poincaré and Thomas Jan Stieltjes.

Please distribute this information to all who might be interested. The information to join the session via Zoom is as follows:

Topic: CSHPM/HOM-SIGMAA Colloquium with Brenda Davison (Simon Fraser University)
Time: April 19th, 2024 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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