FOM: event at NYU - PROOF: a symposium
Stephen G Simpson
simpson at math.psu.edu
Thu Oct 5 12:31:45 EDT 2000
Regarding the broader cultural significance of f.o.m., this
announcement just came over the transom ....
PROOF: A SYMPOSIUM
PROOF: A SYMPOSIUM is a 3-part discussion of issues and ideas raised by
the new Broadway play PROOF. Presented by the Courant Institute of
Mathematical Sciences of New York University, Manhattan Theatre Club, and
the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, PROOF: A SYMPOSIUM will take place on
Monday, October 16 at the Tishman Auditorium in Vanderbilt Hall at NYU's
School of Law.
The day's discussions are broken into three separate panels. Each panel
will feature an address by each of the panelists, followed by a moderated
discussion and audience Q&A period. Refreshments will be served between
Panel I: What's a Proof and What's It Worth?: 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Topics to be addressed include: the nature, varieties and roles of
proofs; comparison between various notions and roles of proofs (in math,
computer science, physics, philosophy and law); the question of the
continued relevance of mathematical proofs and formal reasoning in an age
of computers and simulations; the historic and current roles of
mathematical proofs as general intellectual paradigms for
rationality; and the rationales for awarding prizes for mathematical
The Panel I participants include:
Peter Sarnak, Moderator
Institute for Advanced Study & Princeton (Math)
Clay Mathematics Institute & Harvard (Math, Physics)
SUNY Stony Brook (Math)
NYU (Law, Philosophy)
Harvard (Engineering and Applied Sciences)
Jacob T. Schwartz
Panel II: Women and Proof: 4:30 - 6:00 P.M.
Topics to be addressed include: To what extent are the processes of
recognition for achievement in the mathematical sciences sufficiently
open to contributions from women; do women's traditional societal
(caretaking of parents/children) curtail their careers in
mathematics; what can be done to enlarge the processes of
recognition; should the needs of young women be addressed in new ways?
Panel II participants include:
Margaret H. Wright, Moderator
Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies
SUNY Stony Brook (Math)
UTexas Austin (Math)
Panel III: Proof in Performance and Prose : 7:30 - 9:00 P.M.
Topics to be addressed include: How and why creative artists represent
mathematicians and scientists in their works; how the notion of
mathematical proof is used as a metaphor in theater, literature and film.
The Panel III participants include:
Michael Janeway, Moderator
Director, National Arts Journalism School, Columbia University
Author of PROOF
Author of "The Mind-Body Problem" and "Properties of Light: A Novel of
Love, Betrayal and Quantum Physics"
Author of "A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr."
Cast Member of PROOF
All panels are open to the public
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