[FOM] CfP Symposium Mathematics and Computation: Historical and epistemological issues [from Liesbeth De Mol]
Liesbeth De Mol
martin at eipye.com
Fri Jan 11 13:11:14 EST 2013
The Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science of
Ghent University was founded in 1993. On the
occasion of its 20th anniversary the Centre
organises an international Conference on Logic
and Philosophy of Science (CLPS13) on the themes
that are central to its research:
- Logical analysis of scientific reasoning processes
- Methodological and epistemological analysis of scientific reasoning processes
Conference dates: 16-18 September 2013
Keynote talks will be given by Diderik Batens
(the founder of the Centre), three logicians
(Natacha Alechina, Graham Priest and Stephen
Read) and three philosophers of science (Hanne
Andersen, Hasok Chang, and Jim Woodward).
We will also schedule parallel sessions with
contributed papers and special symposia with a
limited number of papers. I organise the symposium (#2) on
Mathematics and Computation: Historical and epistemological issues
Traditionally, mathematics is the home of
computation. This is one of the reasons why ``eo
ipso computers are mathematical machines''
(Dijkstra, 1985). Therefore, it is not surprising
that when the first electronic computers were
being developed it was to study and solve
mathematical problems. It was partly by way of
(applied) mathematics, viz. through the
simulation of mathematical models, that the other
sciences like biology, physics, etc started to feel the impact of the computer.
While several mathematicians have, in the
meantime, embraced massive computation, this
almost natural relation between computation and
mathematics is not always evaluated positively,
as witnessed, for instance, by some of the
commotion that still surrounds computer-assisted
proofs like the four-color theorem. Such
commotion lays bare some fundamental issues
within (the philosophy of) mathematics and
challenges our understanding of notions such as
proof, mathematical understanding, abstraction,
etc. Because of this natural and problematic
relation between computation, computers and
mathematics, the impact of computation and
computers on mathematics, and vice versa, is far from trivial.
The aim of this special session is to bring
together researchers to reflect on this relation
by way of a historical and/or epistemological
analysis. We welcome contributions from
mathematicians, computer scientists, historians
and philosophers with a strong interest in
history and epistemology. Topics include but are not restricted to:
• discrete vs. continuous mathematics
• time and processes in mathematics
• mathematical software systems (e.g. Mathematica, Maple, etc)
• computer-assisted proofs (e.g. Hales' proof)
• "experimental" mathematics
• computation before or without the electronic computer
• numerical tables
• role of programs in mathematics
• on-line mathematics (e.g. Polymath or Sloane's encyclopedia)
• mathematical style(s)
If you want to present a paper at this symposium,
please upload an abstract in PDF format (between 500 and 1000 words) to:
<https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=clps13>https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=clps13
before 1 April 2013.
You will be asked to choose between one of the following submission categories:
- Logical analysis of scientific reasoning processes
- Methodological and epistemological analysis of scientific reasoning processes
- Symposium submission
Select the last option and mention the symposium
number in the title of your abstract.
If you do not have an EasyChair account you can create one here:
<https://www.easychair.org/account/signup.cgi>https://www.easychair.org/account/signup.cgi
Unfortunately, we cannot offer any financial
support for symposium speakers. Neither can we waive the registration fee.
All abstracts for symposia will be refereed by
the organisers and other members of the programme
committee. Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 May 2013.
All further information (e.g. accommodation,
registration, maps) can be found at the
conference website: <http://www.clps13.ugent.be/>http://www.clps13.ugent.be/.
The programme will be available on the website by 1 July 2013.
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