[FOM] 2nd CFP: Symposium on Mathematical Practice and Cognition
Andrew Aberdein
aberdein at fit.edu
Wed Dec 2 15:08:41 EST 2009
Apologies for cross-postings.
Symposium on Mathematical Practice and Cognition
29th - 30th March, 2010, De Montfort University, Leicester
Held on the first and second days of AISB 2010.
http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/apease/aisb10/home.html
The belief that what mathematicians think and do is important to the
philosophy of mathematics is a relatively recent position, held by,
for example, Lakatos (1976, 1978), Davis and Hersh (1980), Kitcher
(1983), Tymoczko (1986) and Corfield (2003), and discussed in
symposia such as Two Streams in the Philosophy of Mathematics: Rival
Conceptions of Mathematical Proof (University of Hertfordshire,
2009). This focus on mathematical practice suggests that research
into how mathematical definitions or axioms are motivated,
representations changed, problems discovered and explained, analogies
formed between different mathematical fields, etc., and how these
processes grow out of biologically important competences in dealing
effectively with rich and complex environments, is relevant and
necessary. This contrasts the traditional focus in philosophy on how
mathematics should be done, or the epistemological status of
mathematical theorems. The new direction is complemented by recent
work in cognitive science on the origin and development of
mathematical ideas, for example Lakoff and Núñez (2000). Researchers
are now working at all levels to investigate how people, from young
babies up to professionals and geniuses are able to perform different
mathematical tasks.
With the new approach in the philosophy of mathematics, and
developments in cognitive science of mathematics and embodied
cognition, we feel that the time is ripe for interaction between the
fields. We hope to promote a sharing of ideas and enable an
atmosphere in which new connections and collaborations are forged.
We aim to bring together researchers in different fields, to promote
discussion between, for example, people working on the neurological
level and those building models of mathematical theory formation,
people thinking about aesthetics in mathematics and those focused on
visual and diagrammatic reasoning, psychologists of mathematics
education, sociologists of mathematics and researchers in embodied
cognition, or studying relevant aspects of animal cognition, and
biological evolution.
We welcome submissions from anyone interested in themes such as those
below, and especially encourage interdisciplinary submissions which
link previously unassociated fields.
- embodied cognition and mathematics
- computational models of axiom, entity, counterexample, concept,
conjecture, and proof generation and evaluation in mathematics
- visual and diagrammatic reasoning
- analogies and metaphors in mathematics
- mathematics on the neurological level
- philosophy of mathematics/informal mathematics
- sociology of mathematics
- anthropology of mathematics
- mathematics and language
- cognitive science of mathematics
- psychology of mathematics
- psychology of mathematics education
- a mathematician's perspective
- difficulties in the mathematical brain - studies of dyscalculia,
acalculia etc.
- how mathematical competences relate to abilities to deal creatively
with complex spatial environments
- implications for developmental robotics
- implications for biological studies of epigenesis
- why (and how) did biological evolution produce mathematicians?
- if humans require mathematics teachers to help them become
mathematicians, where did the first teachers come from?
We welcome full papers and short papers, where a full paper comprises
a completed piece of work and a short paper describes ongoing work.
Full papers should be between six and eight pages in length and short
papers two pages. Accepted papers will be published in the AISB 2010
proceedings.
We are very pleased to announce our invited speakers:
Dr. Brendan Larvor, Principal Lecturer in Philosophy, University of
Hertfordshire.
Professor Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Emeritus Professor of the History of
Mathematics and Logic at Middlesex University, and a Visiting
Research Associate at the London School of Economics.
Professor Alexandre Borovik, School of Mathematics, University of
Manchester.
Dr. Andrew Aberdein, Associate Professor of Logic and Humanities,
Florida Institute of Technology
Key dates:
Submission - 20th December, 2009
Notification - 26th January, 2010
Camera-ready version - 26th February, 2010
Symposium - 29th - 30th March, 2010
Programme Committee:
Andrew Aberdein, Florida Institute of Technology
Brian Butterworth, University College London
John Charnley, Imperial College London
Simon Colton, Imperial College London
David Corfield, University of Kent
Martin Fischer, University of Dundee
Markus Guhe, University of Edinburgh
Brendan Larvor, University of Hertfordshire
Rafael Núñez, University of California, San Diego
Alison Pease, University of Edinburgh
Aaron Sloman, University of Birmingham
Alan Smaill, University of Edinburgh
Pedro Torres, Imperial College London
Chairs:
Alan Smaill, School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
Markus Guhe, School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
Alison Pease, School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
Symposium details available at:
http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/apease/aisb10/home.html
AISB website:
http://www.aisb.org.uk/convention/aisb10/Welcome.html
We would very much appreciate it if you could forward this email to
other interested parties.
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