Early registration reminder – hbmpinto1981@gmail.com – Gmail

Dear HPM friends,

This is a kind reminder that the early registration fees for the HPM 2016 Conference will end on April 29th 2016.

You can pay your registration fees at the conference website (you need to create an account first, if you have not done so).

http://hpm2016.sciencesconf.org

Thank you,

Hélder Pinto

Dear colleagues,

In this edition of the HPM Newsletter, I would like to provide an update on our forthcoming 2016 HPM Satellite Meeting of the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME).

As you might know, our Satellite Meeting will take place in Montpellier, from July 18 to July 22, 2016.

The host of the Satellite Meeting is the Faculty of Education of the Université de Montpellier:
2 place Marcel Godechot – BP 4152
34092 MONTPELLIER CEDEX 5

We are pleased to inform you that registration is now open.
If you want to take advantage of the early registration rate, please register before April 29, 2016.

A public conference has been added to our scientific program.

The subject of the conference is mathematician Joseph Diaz Gergonne who was the editor of what came to be one of the most important mathematical journals of his time—Annales de mathématiques pures et appliquées, founded in 1810. The public conference will be given by Professor Christian Gerini. Commenting on the 19th century mathematician, Gerini notes that “Gergonne was a leading representative of the relationship between mathematics, history and pedagogy.”
On the social side of the 2016 HPM Satellite Meeting, you will find on the conference web page (http://hpm2016.sciencesconf.org) information about several excursions and a gala dinner.

The HPME 2016 Scientific Committee and the Local Committee are working hard to ensure a conference of the best scientific quality in a Mediterranean environment that is steeped in history.

I hope to see you all in Montpellier this summer.

Luis Radford
HPM Chair
Université Laurentienne, Canada
Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil

26 – 27 May, 2016

Nantes, France

Seminar in Honor of Évelyne Barbin

We are pleased to announce this seminar in honor of Évelyne Barbin, which will take place at the University of Nantes (France).

Registration, as well as all information for the event, including the conference program can be found on the dedicated website:

‪http://www.math.sciences.univ-nantes.fr/CMHE2016/.

Speakers during the seminar include:

  • Dominique Bénard (Université du Maine)
  • François de Gandt (Université de Lille III)
  • Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • René Guitart (Université Paris Diderot)
  • Yannick Marec (Université de Rouen)
  • Anne-Marie Marmier (Université de Lille)
  • David Rabouin (Université Paris-Diderot)
  • Léo Rogers (Université d’Oxford)
  • Dominique Tournes (Université de la Réunion)
  • Norbert Verdier (Université de Paris Sud)

‪We hope to see you there!

‪The organizing committee:

G. Moussard,
J. Auvinet,
X. Saint Raymond
(LMJL)‬‬

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‪Chers collègues:

‪Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter aux Journées scientifiques en l’honneur d’Évelyne Barbin qui auront pour thème: Circulation: Mathématiques, histoire, enseignement.

‪Elles se tiendront du 26 au 27 mai 2016, à l’Université de Nantes (Amphi  Pasteur, UFR Sciences et Techniques, campus Lombarderie).

‪Vous pouvez d’ores et déjà vous y inscrire sur le site dédié:

‪http://www.math.sciences.univ-nantes.fr/CMHE2016/

‪où vous trouverez toutes les informations nécessaires, ainsi que le programme des conférences.

‪En espérant vous y voir nombreux.

Le comité d’organisation:

G. Moussard,
J. Auvinet,
X. Saint Raymond
(LMJL)‬‬

History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education: Recent developments
24 – 31 July, 2016
Hamburg, Germany

One of the Topic Study Groups (TSG) at the forthcoming ICME 13 (Hamburg, Germany, 24-31/7/2016) is TSG 25: The Role of History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education.
Its Organizing Team (OT) has performed a survey on the developments in the HPM domain since 2000, the year of publication of History in Mathematics Education: The ICMI Study, edited by J. Fauvel & J. van Maanen (Kluwer 2000). This volume has been a highly collective work and a landmark in the area. Since its publication, the HPM domain has expanded considerably and intensive research activity has been realized worldwide that led to a great deal of thoughtful publications both on theoretical issues and empirical investigations.

Nevertheless, a comprehensive survey is still lacking. Therefore, the survey carried out by the OT of TSG 25 aims to contribute to filling the gap, at the same time providing a useful tool to anyone with interest in this domain and wants to become informed on the main issues and to have a concise guide of the work done in this area.

With focus on the period after the publication of the above ICMI Study Volume, this survey attempts to provide concise annotated reference to existing work in this area, related to the TSG 25 main themes, namely:
1. Theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks for integrating history in mathematics education;

2. History and epistemology implemented in Mathematics Education, considered from either the cognitive or/and affective points of view:
(a) Classroom experiments at school, the university and teacher pre- & in-service education;
(b) Teaching material: textbooks, resource material of any kind (written documents, guidelines, readers, annotated bibliographical surveys, audiovisual material, relevant websites/web pages, etc).

3. Surveys on:
(a) Research on the History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education;
(b) The History of Mathematics as it appears in curriculum and/or textbooks.

4. Original sources in the classroom, and their educational effects;

5. History and epistemology as a tool for an interdisciplinary approach in the teaching and learning of mathematics and the sciences by unfolding their fruitful interrelations; and

6. Cultures and mathematics fruitfully interwoven.

The structure of the survey runs roughly as follows:
Section 1 explains its rationale and formulates the key issues explicitly addressed in and/or implicitly underlying the work done in this area:
• Which history is suitable, pertinent, and relevant to Mathematics Education?
• Which role can History of Mathematics play in Mathematics Education?
• To what extent has History of Mathematics been integrated in Mathematics Education (curricula, textbooks, educational aids/resource material, teacher education)?
• How can this role be evaluated and assessed and to what extent does it contribute to the teaching and learning of mathematics?

Section 2 gives a brief historical account of the development of the HPM domain with focus on the main activities in its context and their outcomes since 2000, a short presentation of journals and newsletters, and an outline with comments on the key issues mentioned above and references to the literature for details.

Section 3, constitutes the major part of the survey. It provides a sufficiently comprehensive bibliographical survey of the work done since 2000:
– Briefly annotated collective works (collective volumes, special issues of Mathematics Educational journals devoted to the HPM perspective, conference proceedings, resource material);
– Individual works on one or more of the above mentioned six main themes of TSG 25 in the form of books & doctoral dissertations, papers in scientific journals, and individual chapters in collective volumes or conference proceedings.
For each reference there is explicit indication of the TSG 25 main themes to which it is mostly related. In addition, though the emphasis is on research results of an as broad as possible international interest, due attention is paid to nationally-oriented implementation of the HPM perspective as well. Even though several voluminous collective works exclusively devoted to the HPM perspective (e.g. some collective volumes or conference proceedings) contain several important contributions, the latter are not included in the bibliographical survey as separate items in order to keep this survey to a reasonable size. Instead, all collective works are annotated briefly.

Section 4 summarizes the main points of the survey, whereas, Section 5 contains all references given in section 2.
The survey can be accessed via the HPM website at http://www.clab.edc.uoc.gr/HPM/HPMinME-TopicalStudy-18-2-16-NewsletterVersion.pdf

We emphasize, however, that this survey should be considered only as a working document to be kept updated both by the OT of TSG 25 and/or other members of the community, who will point out further references that are missing. Any comments, suggestions, amendments and further bibliographical references are most desirable and welcome!

The HPM domain is at a particularly interesting juncture right now, 15 years after the publication of the comprehensive ICMI study – with much and varied work taking place all over the globe. Therefore, this survey may be both a continuously updated useful tool and a key component for heralding a potentially new and interesting era of work to be done.

The Organizing Team of TSG 25 of ICME 13
Kathleen Clark
Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen
Sebastian Schorcht
Constantinos Tzanakis
Xiaoqin Wang

Mathematics in the Mediterranean

2016 Satellite Meeting of ICME 13

July 18 to 22, 2016

Montpellier, France

Aim and focus

HPM 2016 is the ninth quadrennial meeting of the International Study Group on the Relations Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics—the HPM Group.

These quadrennial meetings are a major activity of HPM to bring together individuals with a keen interest in the relationship between the history of mathematics and mathematics education. They include:

  • Researchers in mathematics education who are interested in the history of mathematics and mathematical thinking,
  • Mathematics teachers at all levels who are eager to gain insights into how the history of mathematics can be integrated into teaching and how they can help students to learn mathematics,
  • Historians of mathematics who wish to talk about their research,
  • Mathematicians who want to learn about new possibilities to teach their discipline, and
  • All those with an interest in the history of mathematics and pedagogy.
  1. Main theme and topics

The theme of HPM 2016 is “Mathematics in the Mediterranean.” The program and activities are structured around the following topics:

  1. Theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks for integrating history in mathematics education.
  2. History and epistemology in students and teachers mathematics education: Classroom experiments and teaching materials.
  3. Original sources in the classroom and their educational effects.
  4. Mathematics and its relation to science, technology, and the arts: Historical issues and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
  5. Cultures and mathematics.
  6. Topics in the history of mathematics education.
  7. Mathematics in Mediterranean countries.

Activities during the 2016 HPM Conference

The HPM Conference is a place where mathematicians, educators, historians, researchers, and students can make presentations and participate in discussions.

The program includes: plenary lectures, panels, discussion groups, workshops, parallel sessions where participants present research reports, poster exhibitions, and exhibitions of books and other didactical material.

Plenary sessions, discussion groups, and panels deal with the main topics of the conference. Plenary speakers, panelists, and coordinators of discussion groups are invited by the scientific committee.

We encourage you to make submissions for the following activities: workshops, research reports, poster exhibitions, and exhibitions of books and other didactical material.

Research reports are intended to communicate new research results. They take place in parallel sessions of 25-minute oral presentations followed by 5-minute discussions.

Workshops focus on the exchange of ideas and discussion among the participants around some historical or didactical material prepared beforehand by the workshop organizer. The material usually includes original historical texts, didactical material, students’ worksheets, etc. Workshops can be one hour or two hours in duration.

Posters present summaries of ongoing or completed research, new ideas, etc.

Scientific program

Theme Plenary Panel
1. Theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks for integrating history in mathematics education. Michael Fried (Israel), coordinator and speaker. David Guillemette (Canada), speaker. Niels Jahnke (Germany), speaker.
2. History and epistemology in students and teachers mathematics education: Classroom experiments and teaching materials. Wang Xiaoqin (Shanghai)
3. Original sources in the classroom and their educational effects. Renaud Chorlay (France)
4. Mathematics and its relation to science, technology, and the arts: Historical issues and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Costas Tzanakis (Greece)
5. Cultures and mathematics. Victor Katz (USA)
6. Topics in the history of mathematics education. Harm Jan Smid (Nether-

lands)

7. Mathematics in Mediterranean countries. Ahmed Djebbar (France) Marc Moyon, Coordinator (France) Mahdi Abdeljaouad (Tunisia) Eva Caianiello (France and Italy)

Provisional planning is available http://hpm2016.sciencesconf.org/conference/hpm2016/pages/Time_Schedule_v4.pdf .

Titles of plenary talks:

  • Les sources originales dans la salle de classe et leurs effets éducatifs

Renaud Chorlay, ESPÉ de l’académie de Paris, France

  • Mathématiques dans les pays méditerranéens : La connexion Andalousienne et Maghrébinne

Ahmed Djebbar, Université de Lille, France

  • The mathematical cultures of medieval Europe

Victor J. Katz, Professor Emeritus, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, USA

  • Formative years: Hans Freudenthal in prewar Amsterdam

Harm Jan Smid, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

  • Mathematics and physics: An innermost relationship. Some didactical implications for their interdisciplinary teaching and learning

Constantinos Tzanakis, University of Crete, Greece

  • L’intégration de l’histoire des mathématiques dans l’enseignement des mathématiques: quelques experiences en Chine

Wang Xiaoqin, Shanghai, China

Time and place

The 2016 HPM Conference will be held from July 18 to July 22, 2016 in Montpellier, France. Montpellier is a beautiful town, very famous for its culture and history.

The University of Montpellier, the host of the 2016 HPM Conference, is one of the oldest universities in the world, where Joseph D. Gergonne published in the early 19th century one of the oldest mathematical journals. Gergonne’s portrait appears in the logo and the website banner of the Conference.

 Registration fee

  • Early registration (before April 15, 2016): 250 € (student or young researcher 150 €)
  • Regular registration (between April 15 and June 15, 2016): 300 € (student or young researcher 200 €)
  • Registration after June 15, 2016, or at the conference: 350 €

The conference fee includes: 5 lunches, 9 coffee breaks, as well as the gala dinner on the seaside and an excursion.

 Website

Follow us at:

http://hpm2016.sciencesconf.org

 

Contact

For further information, please contact:

 

HPM is affiliated with ICMI (International Commission on Mathematical Instruction). HPM 2016 is a satellite meeting of the 2016 International Congress on Mathematical Education and is scheduled close to ICME.

Please note that the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13) will take place right after HPM 2016, from July 24 to July 31, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany (see http://www.icme13.org/).

 

 

 

(PhD course)

19 – 23 September 2016

Copenhagen, Denmark

This international doctoral course will focus on the utilization of historical and philosophical scholarship to inform science and mathematics education.

Among the course lecturers are Michael Matthews (founding editor of Science & Education), Peter Heering (Past President IHPST), Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen (Didactics and History of Mathematics), Helge Kragh (History of Physics) and Jesper Lützen (History of Mathematics).

Fee

The course is free of charge and lunch is included. Participants must secure their own travel expenses.

Registration

Please register by uploading one page description of your current research or development project and a one page CV no later than July 1.

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by July 5 and a detailed program will be online by August 1. There is a limit of 25 doctoral students.

More information about the course and a registration link can be found at www.ind.ku.dk/hpscourse

Ricardo Karam

Department of Science Education

University of Copenhagen

 

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Announcement:

The 35th Scientific Instruments Symposium of SIC (Scientific Instruments Commission, IUHPST) will be held in Istanbul on 26-30 September 2016.The symposium will seeks to offer new perspectives around thetheme“INSTRUMENTS BETWEEN EAST AND WEST” and will be hosted by the “Department of the History of Science, Istanbul University.

For more information kindly consult the website on

http://www.sic2016.org/

Please note that the conference language is English and the deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 March 2016.

Information send by Professor Gert Schubring

II Conferência Internacional em Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento de Livros Didáticos de Matemática

www.im.ufrj.br/~ictm2

icmt2@im.ufrj.br

Research focused on the analysis and development of textbooks (in conventional format or digital media) has recently gained great prominence in the international arena of research in mathematics education. This prominence is reflected, for example, in the International Conference on School Mathematics Textbooks (ICSMT), held in Shanghai in 2011, and in the ZDM special issue (Volume 45, Issue 5, September 2013), on textbooks research in mathematics education.

Also reflecting this trend, the first International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development (ICMT-2014) took place at the University of Southampton (UK), from 29 to 31 July 2014. About 180 participants, from 30 different countries, attended ICMT-2014. ICMT-2014 proceedings are available on http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/374809/. Visit also ICMT-2014’s official website on: http://blog.soton.ac.uk/icmtrd2014/.

It is our pleasure to announce the II International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development / II Conferência Internacional em Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento de Livros Didáticos de Matemática (ICMT2), to be held from 7 to 11 May 2017, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Brasil.

The organization of ICMT2 in Brazil is a collaborative initiative of the Brazilian Society of Mathematics Education (SBEM), the Brazilian Mathematical Society (SBM), the Brazilian Society of Applied and Computational Mathematics (SBMAC) and the Mathematical Space in Portuguese Language/ International Committee on Mathematics Instruction (EMeLP / ICMI).

ICMT2 will feature different activities, including plenary lectures, symposia, workshops, oral presentations, posters and special activities addressed to teachers. Accepted and presented papers will be published after a peer-review process in Proceedings following the Conference.

Conference themes:

  • Textbook research (concepts, issues, methods, directions, etc.)
  • Textbook analysis (characteristics, treatment of contents and/or pedagogy, etc.)
  • Analysis of historical textbooks
  • Textbook use (by teachers, by students, and/or by other parties)
  • Textbooks and student achievement
  • Textbook development (domain/competence analyses, teaching trajectories, task design, format of presenting the “content” to the student, format of presenting the “content” to the teacher (teacher guides))
  • Textbook policies (governmental educational policy about textbooks, distribution, market strategies)
  • Evolution of textbooks in the light of new digital technologies (including integration of ICT tools and innovation, e-textbook)
  • Other disciplines in mathematics textbooks & mathematics in textbooks of other disciplines
  • Other major relevant issues about mathematics textbooks

Modalities of contributions, besides invited lectures:

  • oral presentation (in English, 30 minute presentation; abstract 1 page incl. references)
  • symposium (in English, 180 mins)[1]
  • workshop (in English, 120 mins)[2]
  • workshop for teachers (in Portuguese, 120 mins)
  • poster presentation (1 page abstract, in English, one time slot, 60 minutes)

In general, each applicant can submit at most two proposals (including oral presentations, workshops, etc.) with his/her name as first author.

Key dates:

  • submission of proposal for a symposium: 15 August 2016
  • information about acceptance of a symposium proposal: 15 September 2016
  • submission of paper abstracts within symposia: 31 October 2016
  • abstract submission for oral presentation, workshop and poster: 31 October 2016
  • information about acceptance of such submissions: 15 December 2016
  • registration fee: will be informed in the next Announcement
  • registration deadline: 3 January 2017
  • Conference: May, 7th to 11th, 2017

International Programme Committee (IPC):

  • Rúbia Amaral (UNESP, Brazil) – Secretary
  • Ubiratan d’Ambrosio (UNIAN, Brazil) – Honorary President
  • Marcelo Borba (UNESP, Brazil)
  • Rute Borba (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil)
  • Marcos Cherinda (Universidade Pedagógica de Moçambique)
  • Lianghuo Fan (University of Southampton, UK) – Co-chair
  • Victor Giraldo (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – Local Chair
  • Patricio Herbst (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen (Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Abdellah El Idrissi (École Normale Supérieure de Marrakech, Morocco)
  • Diana Jaramillo Quiceno (Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia)
  • Cyril Julie (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
  • Gabriele Kaiser (Universität Hamburg, Germany)
  • Alexander Karp (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA)
  • Jeremy Kilpatrick (University of Georgia, USA)
  • Jian Liu  (Beijing Normal University, China)
  • Eizo Nagasaki (National Institute for Educational Policy Research, Japan)
  • Michael Otte (UNIAN, Brazil)
  • Johan Prytz (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)
  • Angel Ruiz (Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica)
  • Kenneth Ruthven (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Gert Schubring (UFRJ, Brazil/Universität Bielefeld, Germany) – Chair

Local Organization Committe (LOC):

  • Lourdes Werle de Almeida (UEL)
  • Rúbia Amaral (UNESP) – Co-chair
  • Franck Bellemain (UFPE)
  • Marilena Bittar (UFMS)
  • Victor Giraldo (UFRJ) – Chair
  • Verônica Gitirana (UFPE)
  • Carmen Mathias (UFSM)
  • João Frederico Meyer (UNICAMP)
  • João Bosco Pitombeira (PUC-Rio)
  • Cydara Ripoll (UFRGS)
  • Walcy Santos (UFRJ)
  • Fábio Simas (UNIRIO)
  • Ralph Teixeira (UFF)

Further Information:

www.im.ufrj.br/~ictm2

icmt2@im.ufrj.br

The conference is organized by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ), the State University of São Paulo (Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP), the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, UNIRIO). It is supported by the Brazilian Society of Mathematics (SBM), the Brazilian Mathematics Education Society (SBEM), and the Brazilian Society of Applied and Computational Mathematics.

[1] A symposium is organised by one or more researchers to discuss jointly, based on submitted papers, a specific issue of the thematic spectrum of the conference.

[2] A workshop is a kind of activity that allows participants to work (in small teams) around prepared documents, guided by specific questions.

Dear colleagues,

In this edition of the HPM Newsletter, I would like to provide an update on our forthcoming 2016 HPM Satellite Meeting of the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME).

The HPM Scientific Committee and the HPM Advisory Board have been working together with the Montpellier Local Committee to establish the scientific program of the 2016 ICME HPM Satellite Meeting. As announced in a previous HPM Newsletter, the 2016 ICME HPM Satellite Meeting will be held in Montpellier, France, from July 18 to July 22, 2016.

I am glad to report that the scientific program has been finalized. It includes plenary lectures, discussion groups, panels, workshops, research presentations, and posters. Below, you will find a summary.

 

Plenary Conferences

Original sources in the classroom and their educational effects

Renaud Chorlay

ESPÉ de l’académie de Paris, France

Mathematics in Mediterranean countries: The Andalusia and Maghreb connection

Ahmed Djebbar

Université de Lille, France

The mathematical cultures of medieval Europe

Victor J. Katz

Professor Emeritus, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, USA

Formative years: Hans Freudenthal in prewar Amsterdam

Harm Jan Smid

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Mathematics and physics: An innermost relationship

Some didactical implications for their interdisciplinary teaching and learning

Constantinos Tzanakis

University of Crete, Greece

Integrating the history of mathematics into mathematics teaching: Some experience from China

Wang Xiaoqin

Shanghai, China

 

Discussion Groups

Discussion Group 1: Geometry

Coordinators: Evelyn Barbin (France) and Leo Rogers (UK)

Discussion Group 2: History of mathematics in teachers’ education

Coordinators: Kathy Clark (USA) and Sebastian Schorcht (Germany)

Discussion Group 3: Original sources in the teaching and learning of mathematics 

Coordinators: Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen (Denmark) and Janet Barnett (USA)

 

Panels

Panel 1: Theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks for integrating history in mathematics education

Michael Fried, Coordinator (Israel)

David Guillemette (Canada)

Niels Jahnke (Germany)

Panel 2: Mathematics in Mediterranean countries

Marc Moyon, Coordinator (France)

Mahdi Abdeljaouad (Tunisia)

Eva Caianiello (France and Italy)

 

The scientific committee has received a considerable number of workshop, research presentation, and poster submissions.

The program promises a thrilling and interesting international conference. I would like to thank the members of the scientific committee, the advisory board, and the local committee for their dedicated work.

I hope to see you all in Montpellier next year.

Luis Radford

HPM Chair

Université Laurentienne, Canada

Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil

Turkey mourns the death of Mustafa Alpaslan and his wife Zişan Güner Alpaslan (b.1986), two young academicians who tragically passed away in a traffic collision on 31 July 2015. Both of them were promising members of the Faculty of Education, Middle East Technical University (METU, Ankara). Mustafa Alpaslan became an active member of the Department of Elementary Education following his nomination as “Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant” in January 2010. Soon he started a MS thesis on the use of history of mathematics in elementary mathematics education. He also started to present, together with his colleagues, papers at the international congresses on Mathematics Education, especially at ICMEs and CERMEs. These were mostly based on topics he researched for his MS and PhD theses. Mustafa was also enthusiastic in establishing and keeping international contacts: He was the distributor of the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) Newsletter for Turkey, since November 2012. In CERME-9 (Prague, 2015), he was elected Board Member of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (ERME). His research activities enabled him to receive scholarships and grants both from Turkish and international institutions (TUBITAK, ERME).

I came to know Mustafa when he undertook his doctoral thesis in 2011. Professors Gert Schubring (Bielefeld University, Germany), and Ali Sinan Sertöz (Bilkent University, Turkey) had advised him to contact the Department of the History of Science, Istanbul University, because his research was related to the history of mathematics; more precisely to the use of history of mathematics in mathematics education. In his very kind and modest but inquiring e-mail dated 20 September 2011, he revealed his interest in the works of medieval Islamic and Ottoman mathematicians and his wish to integrate them into mathematics education. Mustafa’s first visit to the Department of the History of Science, Istanbul, in early 2012 soon launched a fruitful collaboration. He established good contacts with the team of young researchers of the department and took two courses from the doctoral program in HS, namely “Science Journals in Turkey” and “Scientific Literature in Turkey”. The former course introduced to him the first Turkish popular journal Mebahis-i ilmiyye (Scientific themes) published in 1867 by the Turkish mathematician Vidinli Tevfik Pasha. The journal which included articles on both medieval Islamic and 19th century European mathematics immediately attracted his interest. An analysis of the journal published by F. Günergun in 2007,encouraged him to find a way of using its articles in mathematics education. The joint paper by Alpaslan, Schubring and Günergun would be the last paper he presented in an international conference (CERME-9, Prague, 2015). Those who received e-mails from Mustafa Alpaslan would surely remember the excerpts from Henri Poincaré and Niels Henrik Abel’s works, inserted at the bottom of his messages. Those reflected the importance of history of both science and mathematics in education and for the progress in sciences.

Mustafa and Zişan got married in 2013 and were looking forward to the birth of their son in a few months.

mustafa-wed

When I met them in December 2014 in Ankara, they were both radiating ideas of future projects and hoping to get funds to do research in the United States. These funds were granted shortly before the tragic accident. Mustafa was a quiet and optimistic person. He was genuinely courteous towards his colleagues and ready to provide assistance. I was often surprised to witness the serene expression of this young person, who considered death as a natural phenomenon. He had once said, “Such is life, one leaves when time is called.” His “time” came too early, too untimely. As a promising young scholar he had conveyed high expectations to all who knew him for his contributions to mathematics education and the history of mathematics. Mustafa will be sadly missed by his friends, colleagues, and students. 

Feza Günergun,

Department of the History of Science,

Istanbul University

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