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30-March-2010-Symposium-on-Mathematical-Practice-a
nd-Cognition-Leicester-U-K-
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SUMMARY:Symposium on Mathematical Practice and Cog
nition, Leicester, U.K.
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20100329
DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20100330
LOCATION:Leicester, U.K.
DESCRIPTION:The belief that what mathematicians th
ink and do is important to the philosophy of mathe
matics is a relatively recent position. This focus
on mathematical practice suggests that research i
nto how mathematical definitions or axioms are mot
ivated, representations changed, problems discover
ed and explained, analogies formed between differe
nt mathematical fields, etc., and how these proces
ses grow out of biologically important competences
in dealing effectively with rich and complex envi
ronments, is relevant and necessary. This contrast
s the traditional focus in philosophy on how mathe
matics should be done, or the epistemological stat
us of mathematical theorems. The new direction is
complemented by recent work in cognitive science o
n the origin and development of mathematical ideas
. Researchers are now working at all levels to inv
estigate how people, from young babies up to profe
ssionals and geniuses are able to perform differen
t mathematical tasks. With the new approach in t
he philosophy of mathematics, and developments in
cognitive science of mathematics and embodied cogn
ition, we feel that the time is ripe for interacti
on between the fields. We hope to promote a sharin
g of ideas and enable an atmosphere in which new c
onnections and collaborations are forged. For mo
re information, see http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/
apease/aisb10/home.html
X-ALT-DESC;FMTTYPE=text/html:\n The belief
that what mathematicians think and do is importan
t\n to the philosophy of mathematics is a rel
atively recent\n position. This focus on math
ematical practice suggests that\n research in
to how mathematical definitions or axioms are\n
motivated, representations changed, problems di
scovered and\n explained, analogies formed be
tween different mathematical\n fields, etc.,
and how these processes grow out of biologically\n
important competences in dealing effectively
with rich and\n complex environments, is rel
evant and necessary. This contrasts\n the tra
ditional focus in philosophy on how mathematics sh
ould be\n done, or the epistemological status
of mathematical\n theorems. The new directio
n is complemented by recent work in\n cogniti
ve science on the origin and development of mathem
atical\n ideas. Researchers are now working a
t all levels to investigate\n how people, fro
m young babies up to professionals and geniuses\n
are able to perform different mathematical ta
sks.\n

\n With the new approach i
n the philosophy of mathematics, and\n develo
pments in cognitive science of mathematics and emb
odied\n cognition, we feel that the time is r
ipe for interaction between\n the fields. We
hope to promote a sharing of ideas and enable an\n
atmosphere in which new connections and coll
aborations are\n forged.\n

\n \n
For more information, see\n http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.
uk/apease/aisb10/home.html\n

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