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Mathe matics and formal reasoning are fundamental buildi ng\n blocks of knowledge, essential for scien ce, technology,\n policy-making and risk-mana gement. Mathematical practice is a\n rich phe nomenon of human activity, with subtle differences \n between various cultures: here, the word c ulture can refer to\n national cultures, but also cultural differences in different\n hist orical periods, in different strata of a given soc iety, in\n different social settings.\n

\nAnd yet, the public perception of m athematics is of an\n apersonal subject with little or no human interaction, based on\n a false picture of a science of pure thought and ded uction, with\n almost no interaction or visib le activity.\n

\nIn a move away from these traditionalist positions,\n philos ophers and social scientists have recently become more\n interested in studying mathematical an d logical practice, or, to\n be precise, diff erent mathematical and logical practices. Our\n conference will focus on this plurality of view points, studying\n the various cultures of ma thematics and logic, and involve\n several di sciplines such as philosophy, sociology, psycholog y,\n cognitive science, history of mathematic s, mathematics\n education, and linguistics.\ n

\n \n \nFor more infor mation, see\n http://www.math.uni-hamburg.de/home/loewe/Guan gzhou2012/\n or contact bloewe at science.uva.nl .\n

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\n All researchers working on various aspects of "Cultures\n of Mathematics and Logic& quot; are cordially invited to submit\n the ir one page abstracts by the submission deadline o f 30 June\n 2012.\n

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