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Mathematical Biography:

A MacTutor Celebration

St Andrews University, Scotland

16th - 17th September 2016

St Andrews

St Andrews is known for its University, its beaches, and golf.

Founded in the fifteenth century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410 and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413.

Mathematicians associated with St Andrews in its first 300 years include John Maior, John Napier, and James Gregory. For more, see Mathematics in St Andrews to 1700. Some of their works and papers are in the University Special Collections and may be viewed during the optional conference workshop on the Friday.

St Mary's College. By Alex Bishop, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Conference Venue: Parliament Hall

The conference will be held in Parliament Hall, so named because it was the meeting place of the Scots Parliament in 1645-46. It is directly below the King James Library, the room in which James Gregory worked. Gregory's meridian is marked on the pavement of South St, immediately outside the Hall.

Parliament Hall is on the south side of South St. It is building 67 on this map.

Internal View of Parliament Hall. Copyright University of St Andrews

Access to Parliament Hall

Parliament Hall is at ground level, with access directly on to South St.

Metered parking is available on South St for up to 2 hours, but is often hard to get. Pay and display car parks are about 10 minutes walk away, and free parking about 15 minutes walk. Parking Map

Town buses 64, 95 and 99D stop within 5 minutes walk of Parliament Hall

Artist's impression of Gregory working in the Upper Hall (now the King James Library). Copyright University of St Andrews