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Janet Folina – Is the proof in the picture? Seeing, believing and proving

The Montreal Inter-University Workshop on the History and Philosophy
of Mathematics presents:

Janet Folina (Macalester):
Is the proof in the picture? Seeing, believing and proving

Thursday, March 22, 2012
McGill University, Leacock Building, Room 927. 3:00-4:30pm

Abstract: What is the role of visual information in mathematics? Can pictures be proofs? This talk will appeal to several basic philosophical distinctions and a few simple examples of  mathematical "pictures" in support of a limited role for diagrams in mathematical
justification.

Also forthcoming:

March 30:
Erich Reck (UC Riverside): Cassirer’s reception of Dedekind: Structuralism and the history of mathematics

April 19:
Paolo Mancosu (UC Berkeley): Axiomatics and purity of methods: On the relationship between plane and solid geometry

For more information, please contact:Gregory Lavers (Concordia), Mathieu Marion (UQÀM), Jean-Pierre Marquis (UdM), Dirk Schlimm (McGill).
Website: http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~dirk/workshop

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