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CATEGORIES:Midlands Logic Seminar
SUMMARY:A very short introduction to structuralism - Richa
rd Kaye\, University of Birmingham
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DESCRIPTION:Timothy Gowers' beautiful book "Mathematics and ve
ry short introduction" should be accessible to eve
ryone with an interest in mathematics. It contain
s the slogan "a mathematical object _is_ what it
_does_"\n(page 19\, Gowers' italics). This (toge
ther with the \nidea that structures and rules for
numbers are nothing more than mathematical models
- the subject of Gowers' Chapter 1 - applied to o
ur intuitive idea of number) \ngives a very beauti
ful and straightforward way into the idea of Struc
turalism. \n\nI will explain this idea and develop
it in the direction\nof the Philosophy of Mathema
tics\, at least to the point\nof understanding why
such a structuralist account might be a good thin
g\, and to mention very briefly some of the\npossi
ble flavours of structuralism on might adopt.\n\nI
have been teaching this at the first year WHM lev
el\nthis term to non-mathematicians and this study
group \nwill go slightly beyond first year level
but should be completely accessible to interested
students\, both mathematics students and others.\n
\nThe "slides" from the talk (actually a number of
pages of handwritten notes) are available at "htt
p://web.mat.bham.ac.uk/R.W.Kaye/talks/rwk-structur
alism-slides.pdf":http://web.mat.bham.ac.uk/R.W.Ka
ye/talks/rwk-structuralism-slides.pdf They probabl
y won't mean so much until after (or during) this
talk.
LOCATION:Law Seminar room 111
CONTACT:Richard
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