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29-30 March 2010, Symposium on Mathematical Practice and Cognition, Leicester, U.K.

Date: 29-30 March 2010
Location: Leicester, U.K.
Deadline: 30 December 2009

The belief that what mathematicians think and do is important to the philosophy of mathematics is a relatively recent position. 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. 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.

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We welcome submissions from anyone interested in themes such as those described above, and especially encourage interdisciplinary submissions which link previously unassociated fields. 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. Submission deadline: 20th December, 2009.

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