Infinity in the philosophy of mathematics

Date: 

Tuesday, 22 July 2008 - 7:15pm to 9:00pm

Venue: 

Fair Trade Coffee House, 33 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Philo Agora's talk on Tuesday Tuesday, July 22 will be run by Prof James Franklin: The Philosophy of Mathematics (and Infinity).

Philosophers have been fascinated by mathematics because it is the gold standard of knowledge - it's proved correct and stays that way. But what is it actually about - if biology is about life, what aspects of the world does mathematics study? Maybe it's just a language or method? The talk gives a realist view of mathematics as about a real subject matter, with examples from two areas: symmetry and infinity.

Jim Franklin is a professor in mathematics at the University of NSW. He is involved in the Restraint Project, a study of the virtue of self-restraint funded by the Australian Research Council.

Tuesday July 22. at the Fair Trade Coffee House, 33 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, $6.00 includes a free cup of coffee or tea. Start at 7.15 for 7.30. Finish at 9.00pm. If you want a meal, come early, as the chef goes off at 7.30. All profits from the Fair Trade Cafe go to Third World development.

Philo Agora talks for the coming months, and its approach to its sessions, can be viewed at its website http://www.philoagora.com/